US intercepts Russian warplanes off Alaska - International

  • US intercepts Russian warplanes off Alaska - International

US intercepts Russian warplanes off Alaska - International

U.S. warplanes intercepted four Russian reconnaissance aircraft near Alaska yesterday, USA commanders said.

USA fighter jets intercepted four Russian reconnaissance planes Saturday near Alaska, CNN reported. The Russian military planes remained in the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone for eight hours without entering USA or Canadian sovereign airspace. The Southern Military district is responsible for security in the Black Sea region.

The NORAD jets have intercepted Russian military aircraft planes ten times in 2020 alone, according to NORAD.

The planes were heading toward Russian Federation, according to the statement, but "immediately changed ... direction" after the intercept. The group immediately changed the direction of its flight away from the Russian border when it realized their presence had been detected, the ministry said.

The latest intercept follows similar encounters earlier this month in which US F-22 jets intercepted Russian nuclear-capable bombers near Alaska on three separate occasions.

The intercept Wednesday off Alaska was the ninth in 2020 and the fifth in June, according to the North American Aerospace Defense Command, which guards US and Canadian airspace.

US and Russian relations could be escalating.

Pentagon officials said that American F-22 jets intercepted four Russian Tu-142 aircraft that entered the Alaskan defense zone Saturday.

According to Russia's Ministry of Defense, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy reconnaissance planes along with a refueling tanker were detected on June 26, making it the eighth interaction between the two superpowers in the past one month.

The Tu-142MK is an improved variant of Russian maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft derived from the Tu-95 turboprop strategic bomber.

For eight hours, they were in the air defense identification zone in the Alaska area, reports The Voice of America.