Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Russian Federation bombers off Alaska intercepted by U.S. fighter jets

Russian Federation bombers off Alaska intercepted by U.S. fighter jets

This is the second similar interception this month after American fighter jets briefly escorted Russian bombers west of Alaska on September 1.

The latest incursion and aerial intercept followed another Russian bomber flights on September 1 and comes as Moscow is engaged in the largest war games in more than 37 years in Central Asia and the Russian Far East.

The Russian aircraft did not enter US or Canadian air space. NORAD is a binational command focused on the defense of both the US and Canada, the response to potential aerospace threats does not distinguish between the two nations, and draws on forces from both countries.

The Russian Bombers intercepted west of mainland Alaska were accompanied by two Russian Su-35 "Flanker" fighter jets. However, defense officials said the bombers in that flight were supported by aerial refueling tankers.

Those planes were also intercepted by F-22 fighters after they crossed into the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone south of the Aleutian Islands.

Air Force Gen. Terrence J.

US Air Force F-22 stealth fighters intercepted two Russian strategic bombers escorted by two fighter jets near Alaska on Tuesday, marking the second time Russia has done so in a month.

Tuesday's incident, which came as Russia and China kicked off massive war games in eastern Russia, marks the second time in a month United States fighters have intercepted Russian bombers near Alaska.

Terrance O'Shaughnessy says radar, satellites and fighter jets are used to identify aircraft and determine appropriate responses.

Earlier Wednesday, the Russian military released video on Twitter showing a pair of Cold War era Tu-95 "Bear" bombers and a pair of fighter jets taking off from an airbase in eastern Russia. According to the country's defense ministry, the Vostok - or "East" - exercise involves some 300,000 troops and over 1,000 aircraft.

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