U.S. intercepts two sets of Russian bombers off Alaska coast

Source : 112 Ukraine

This intercept appears to be the closest to U.S. territorial limits in a long time
14:30, 11 June 2020

U.S. Air Force F-22 fighter jet
The National Interest

Yesterday, on June 10, U.S. Air Force F-22 fighter jets intercepted two sets of Russian bombers off the coast of Alaska, ABC News reported.

According to North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), F-22 Raptors, supported by KC-135 Stratotankers and E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System, completed two intercepts of Russian Bomber formations entering the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) on Wednesday morning.

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"The first formation consisted of two Tu-95 bombers, accompanied by two Su-35 fighter jets and an A-50 airborne early warning and control aircraft, which came within 20 nautical miles of Alaskan shores. The second formation consisted of two Tu-95 bombers supported by an A-50 and came within 32 nm. The Russian military aircraft remained in international airspace and at no time did they enter United States sovereign airspace," the statement said.

As we reported earlier, a NATO official, who chose not to give his name, told the Bulgarian Radio Liberty news agency that Russian military aircraft activity in the Black Sea and other parts of Europe had grown since 2014.

"In 2019, allied aircraft flew up to the sky 290 times to accompany or block Russian military aircraft throughout Europe," NATO representative said.

Related: U.S. Air Force fighters intercept Russian maritime patrol aircraft approaching Alaska



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