Russian planes intercepted by USA off Alaska coast
22 Mai, 2019, 00:43 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
A total of six Russian aircraft were intercepted by USA fighter jets off the coast of Alaska on Monday, officials with North American Aerospace Defense Command said in a statement.
At some sections of the flight, the Russian strategic bombers were shadowed by US Air Force F-22 fighter jets, the statement said.
In September, two Russian bombers were intercepted by two U.S. F-22 fighter jets near Alaska.
The incident was confirmed in a separate post to social media by the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), which provided surveillance via an E-3 Sentry airborne early warning and control aircraft.
U.S warplanes intercepted several Russian fighters and bombers crossing into American airspace off Alaska's western coastline late Monday, in the latest show of force by Moscow near the Arctic region.
The ministry said the four Russian aircraft were "escorted" by the F-22s as they conducted their mission, which lasted for more than 12 hours.
General Terrence J. O'Shaughnessy, the NORAD commander, said in a statement that "NORAD's top priority is defending Canada and the United States. 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", Gen. Terrence J. "We are on alert 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year".
"NORAD fighters intercepted Russian bombers + fighters entering Alaskan ADIZ May 20". "Our ability to protect our nations starts with successfully detecting, tracking, and positively identifying aircraft of interest approaching US and Canadian airspace", O'Shaughnessy said.
NORAD is tasked with patrolling USA and Canadian airspace and air defense identification zones.
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