Published: Thu, May 23, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

USA intercepts Russian jets near Alaska for 2nd straight day

USA intercepts Russian jets near Alaska for 2nd straight day

USA fighters intercepted six Russian military aircraft in global airspace west of Alaska, and shadowed them until they exited the area, the North American Air Defense Command said Tuesday.

NORAD dispatched four F-22 jets for the sake of intercepting the two sets of Russian aircraft once they had entered the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone.

The Russian aircraft remained in global airspace, not entering USA or Canadian sovereign airspace, NORAD said.

At some sections of the flight, the Russian strategic bombers were shadowed by US Air Force F-22 fighter jets, the statement said.

NORAD, which is the joint U.S.

According to the statement, F-22 fighters intercepted Russian bombers and fighters entering Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone on May 20.

Aircraft are allowed to fly in the ADIZ without authorization, but will be intercepted and treated as enemy aircraft.


NORAD said US forces have intercepted an average of six or seven Russian planes in the Alaska zone every year since 2007.

"At certain stages of the route, Russian aircraft were escorted by #F22 fighter jets of the #USAF".

USA officials have said that Russian bombers and jets have flown in the area several times a year for the last few years and have similarly been intercepted by USA or Canadian jets operating as part of NORAD. "The total flight time exceeded 12 hours", the Russian ministry added. 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 the USA and Canadian airspace'. Surveillance was carried out by an E-3 sentry during the interception carried out by the four F-22 jets. The Russian defense ministry said they were "scheduled sorties" over neutral waters.

The Russian mission comes weeks before a major USA and NATO-led naval exercise, dubbed "Baltic Operations" is set to kick off in the waters of the North Atlantic in mid-June.

Two Su-35 fighters were also spotted with the second pair of Russian bombers.

The U.S. Air Force regularly flies bombers and reconnaissance aircraft near Russian Federation throughout the year.

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