September 22, 2018

Russian bombers intercepted off Alaska coast for 2nd time this month

15 September 2018, 07:33 | Darnell Patrick

Russian bombers flew near Alaska, intercepted by Air Force jets, US military says

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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 US Air Force said on Wednesday that two of their fighter jets intercepted two Russian bombers near Alaska.

NBC News points out that it's not uncommon for these events to occur, and Russian aircraft have been accused several times of violating the airspace of America's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies and flying dangerously close to us ships and aircraft in the Black Sea. It said the intercept happened at 10 p.m. ET.

The state-run Russian news agency TASS reported Wednesday that Tu-95 bombers practiced launching strategic nuclear cruise missiles that destroyed ground targets at a training base in Buryatia, a region of Russia north of Mongolia.

This air defense zone - known as an ADIZ - was declared unilaterally by the USA after World War II and is not binding under any worldwide treaty.

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Two Russian Tu-95 Bear bombers approached Alaska Tuesday, causing the U.S. to dispatch to F-22 stealth fighters to enter the strategic Cold War-era bombers. It extends more than 200 miles further from Alaska's westernmost island and 1,700 miles from Anchorage.

Tuesday's incident also occurred amid Russian war games with China along the two countries' border, a massive effort involving thousands of Russian vehicles and personnel along with similar participation from Chinese forces. A pair of Russian bombers was caught flying in the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ). O'Shaughnessy, the NORAD Commander.

"NORAD employs a layered defense network of radars, satellites, as well as fighters to identify aircraft and determine the appropriate response".

It is unclear if the aircraft in the video are the same ones that were intercepted near Alaska.

The Russian aircraft did not enter USA or Canadian air space.

"Be advised that non-compliance may result in the use of force", the FAA says.

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