Published: Wed, May 22, 2019

Russian planes intercepted by United States off Alaska coast

Russian planes intercepted by United States off Alaska coast

A pair of USA stealth fighter jets intercepted at least four Russian long-range bombers off the coast of Alaska this week; the first military incident between the two nations in months.

"At no time did the aircraft enter United States or Canadian sovereign airspace", NORAD said in a statement.

Two more Raptors were scrambled to intercept and accompany another group of two Russian Bears and two Su-35 fighter jets flying in the opposite direction, Hillier said.

An AWACS surveillance plane monitored the operations, NORAD said, adding that the Russian aircraft were in worldwide airspace throughout.

A short time later, two additional Tu-95s and two Sukhoi Su-35 fighters were identified and intercepted by two other NORAD F-22s.

The Russian Defense Ministry confirmed the incident in a tweet Tuesday. The ADIZ stretches roughly 200 miles off Alaska's coast.

"Our 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 USA and Canadian airspace".

But that mission also included flights "along the western coast of Alaska and the northern coast of the Aleutian Islands", according to a statement by the Russian Ministry of Defense, posted online on Tuesday. "We are on alert 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year - Gen. O'Shaughnessy, Commander NORAD" added the Defense Command.

The United States has four Air Defense Identification Zones.

The Tu-95MS strategic bombers spent over 12 hours in the air, the ministry specified. "Long-range pilots make regular flights over neutral waters of the Arctic, North Atlantic, Black and Caspian seas, and Pacific Ocean".

Russia's defense ministry said that the flights are performed in strict compliance with the global rules of using the airspace, without violating the borders of other states.

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