US fighters intercepted four Russian military aircraft near Alaska Saturday, marking the sixth time this month Russian planes have been intercepted in the area this month.
US Air Force F-22 Raptors were scrambled in response to the presence of four Russian Tu-142 reconnaissance aircraft inside the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) Saturday, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) said in a statement.
North American Aerospace Defense Command F-22s, supported by KC-135 air refuelers and E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System, intercepted four Russian Tu-142 reconnaissance aircraft entering the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone on June 27, 2020.The Tu-142s came within 65 nautical miles south of the Alaskan Aleutian island chain and loitered in the ADIZ for nearly eight hours. The Russian aircraft remained in international airspace and at no time entered United States or Canadian sovereign airspace.“This year alone, NORAD forces have identified and intercepted Russian military aircraft including bombers, fighters, and maritime patrol aircraft on ten separate occasions when they have flown into the ADIZ,” said General Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, NORAD Commander. “Despite COVID-19, we remain fully ready and capable of conducting our no-fail mission of homeland defense.”
Geplaatst door North American Aerospace Defense Command op Zaterdag 27 juni 2020
The approaching Russian aircraft came within 65 miles of Alaskan territory and loitered in the ADIZ for about eight hours.
Saturday’s incident is the sixth time the US fifth-generation stealth fighters have intercepted Russian military aircraft near Alaska this month and the tenth time this year.