Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

US Air Force jets intercept Russian bombers near Alaska

USAF intercept An Air Force F-22 fighter jet intercepts one of the Russian Tu-95 bombers near Alaska on Tuesday
Patty Aguilar | 15 September, 2018, 07:35

The US military said on September 11 two Russian Tupolev Tu-95 nuclear-capable bombers flew close to the west coast of Alaska.

This is the second similar interception this month after American fighter jets briefly escorted Russian bombers west of Alaska on September 1.

The bombers and jet fighters also were likely testing USA air defenses to gauge NORAD responses and how quickly they respond to incursions in protected airspace. The F-22 was accompanied by Russian planes, until then, until they left the air defence identification zone.

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Such events are common, The Hill states, and the USA military does not see them as a threat to national sovereignty or interests. 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. The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, as first noted by Fox News, released a video Wednesday of two Cold War bombers escorted by fighter aircraft taking off for exercises from an airbase in eastern Russia. The zone extends about 200 miles off the Alaskan coast, and is mostly in global airspace. "The identification and monitoring of aircraft entering a USA or Canadian Air Defense identification Zone demonstrates how NORAD executes its aerospace warning and aerospace control missions for the United States and Canada".

The Russian aircraft did not violate the borders of the United States of America and Canada. The Hill also reports that Russian President Vladimir Putin said the following in a statement related to the war games.

Later in the statement, Putin said he thought the games successfully demonstrated Russia's ability to "deflect potential military threats".

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