Russian jets intercepted off Alaskan coast by U.S. & Canadian forces

Russian jets intercepted off Alaskan coast by U.S. & Canadian forces”

United States and Canadian fighter jets have intercepted a pair of Russian bombers in global airspace off the coast of Alaska, the North American Aerospace Defence Command said.

The U.S. and Canadian fighter jets were supported by E-3 Sentry, a KC-135 Stratotanker and a C-130 Tanker.

According to a statement from North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), the long range nuclear capable Russian bombers remained in global airspace over the Beaufort sea.

In a press release, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, the Canadian-American organization tasked with monitoring and protecting the airspace around the two countries, said four fighter aircraft - two Canadian CF-18s and two American F-22s - intercepted the Russian Tu-95 Bear H bombers on August 8.

Two Russian Tu-95MS strategic bombers carried out on Thursday a 10-hour patrol flight over the neutral waters of the Bering Sea as part of the Ocean Shield-2019 large-scale naval exercise, the Russian Defense Ministry said. The Russian aircraft were within the Alaskan and Canadian Air Defense Identification Zones, which stretch roughly 200 miles from the US and Canadian coasts. "NORAD operators identified and intercepted the Russian aircraft flying near our nations", Air Force Gen. Terrence O'Shaughnessy, the NORAD commander, said in a statement about Thursday's incident.

According to ABC news, this was the fifth time Russian aircrafts have been intercepted this year by USA jets.

It marked the second time this month that Russian aircraft were observed in the area. Any aircraft in those zones without authorization can be seen as a threat.

Norad uses a layered defence network of radars, satellites and fighter aircraft to identify aircraft and determine the appropriate response.

Last week, two Russian aircraft entered the Alaskan ADIZ but were not intercepted by USA aircraft.

Over the last two years, Russian missions close to Alaska have occurred two to three times a year.

The US also flies military aircraft near Russian air space.

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