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Russian bombers intercepted by USA fighter jets west of Alaska

15 September, 2018, 07:33 | Author: Lucille Rivera
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Two US air force fighter jet F-22 of 11 September made the intercept and escort two Russian strategic Tu-95 bombers in the sky just off the coast of Alaska.

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.

"The Russian aircraft remained in worldwide airspace and at no time did the aircraft enter United States or Canadian sovereign airspace", NORAD said. The TU-95 is a nuclear-capable bomber, according to The Hill. 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. However, defense officials said the bombers in that flight were supported by aerial refueling tankers.

Air Force Gen. Terrence J.

The first interception took place on September 1 when another pair of Russian bombers flew near Alaska.

The aircraft were "intercepted and monitored" by the US jets until they left the zone, heading west.

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"NORAD, the joint USA and Canadian command", employs a layered defense network of radars, satellites, as well as fighters to identify aircraft and determine the appropriate response", he added.

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

The American jets shadowed the Russian aircraft for approximately 40 minutes, according to NBC News, but the foreign aircraft never officially entered American airspace, remaining instead in the U.S. Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ).

A previous interception of bombers occurring on September 1 involved bombers without any Russian fighter jet escorts, CNN noted.

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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