Thursday, 20 September, 2018

Russian bombers intercepted near Alaska by F-22 fighters, says US military

USAF intercept An Air Force F-22 fighter jet intercepts one of the Russian Tu-95 bombers near Alaska on Tuesday
Kenny Thornton | 15 September, 2018, 07:34

Then again, right through that earlier intercept, the Russian Tu-95s had been now not escorted by Russian fighter jets.Two Russian Tu-ninety five bombers had been also intercepted by F-22's off the wing of Alaska in Can also, nearly a 365 days after the last encounter of this model.

A similar incident occurred on September 1, the Washington Free Beacon first reported.

Defense officials told Fox that two Russian bombers came within 55 miles of Alaska's west coast in May, although the aircraft did not enter U.S. airspace, as was the case in the other reported incidents.

NORAD, however, released a photo of an F-22 flying close to one of the Russian bombers.

Two U.S. F-22 "Raptor" fighter jets intercepted two Russian TU-95 "Bear" bombers on Tuesday, the North American Aerospace Defense Command said. The TU-95 is a nuclear-capable bomber, according to The Hill.

Under its rules, the US requests any foreign aircraft to identify itself and its flight plan when entering the air defense zone.

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For the second time in less than two weeks, Russian aircraft have flirted with United States airspace near Alaska.

Gen. Terrence J. O'Shaughnessy, the NORAD commander, added, "The homeland is no longer a sanctuary, and the ability to deter and defeat threats to our citizens, vital infrastructure, and national institutions starts with successfully detecting, tracking, and positively identifying aircraft of interest approaching U.S. and Canadian airspace".

Russian bombers in the past have conducted mock missile attacks against USA missile defenses in Alaska.

On Sept. 1, F-22s intercepted two Russian bombers that crossed into the Alaska Air Defense Identification Zone south of the Aleutian Islands. Russian state media said the American jets escorted its aircraft for around 40 minutes and never came closer than 100 meters, according to Reuters.

The bombers were accompanied by Su-35s and refueling tankers and originated from a base in the Russian Far East, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

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