Russian planes intercepted by USA off Alaska coast

Elias Hubbard
Мая 23, 2019

"At certain stages of the route, Russian aircraft were escorted by F-22 fighter jets of the USAF", according to the statement.

The Tu-95MS strategic bombers spent over 12 hours in the air, the ministry specified. North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) was unable to say if the bombers were armed or not.

The U.S. military scrambled five aircraft Monday to intercept two groups of Russian warplanes that flew in opposite directions off the coast of Alaska but never entered sovereign U.S. airspace, officials with the bi-national North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD) said Tuesday.

The encounter Tuesday was the second in two days involving Russian planes.

As CBS News' Emily Tillett reported last week, a press conference by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his Russian counterpart, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, revealed a number of areas where the two nations could not reach a consensus during discussions.

A map from the FAA shows the Alaska Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) extending around the state's coastline.

U.S. officials say 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.

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. Surveillance was carried out by an E-3 sentry during the interception carried out by the four F-22 jets. A KC-135 refueling aircraft supported both of NORAD's intercept teams.

While the aircraft remained in worldwide airspace, they flew into North America's Air Defense Identification Zone, or the airspace surrounding the United States and Canada.

"#WeHaveTheWatch", NORAD added, referring to a popular U.S. Navy slogan.

In yesterday's series of tweets, NORAD cited Air Force General Terrence J. 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 United States and Canadian airspace'.

"We are on alert 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year", the statement continued.

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