American F-22 Raptor fighters again climbed to intercept Russian Tu-95 bombers near Alaska. Russian aircraft approached the shores of Alaska at a distance of 60 kilometers. It is reported by CNN.
“US military aircraft intercepted two groups of Russian bombers that entered the distinctive air defense zone off the coast of Alaska on Tuesday evening, this is the second incident in the past week,” the report said.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command noted on Wednesday that the first group consisted of two bombers, accompanied by two fighters and an aircraft equipped with a long-range radar detection and control system.
The second group consisted of two Russian bombers, which was accompanied by another aircraft with a long-range radar detection and control system.
Russian aircraft approached the coast of Alaska at a distance of 60 kilometers, but remained in international airspace without violating US sovereign airspace.
“We are talking about significant Russian forces in many places,” said a spokesman for the US military, commenting on the interception.
According to the US, some flights of military aircraft of the Russian Federation are ordinary training missions. But the intensity of such activity, perhaps, suggests that Moscow wants to make it clear that it intends to keep up with American flights in the Russian coastal regions, a Pentagon official said.
The Russian Ministry of Defense reported on Twitter that the bombers “completed a planned 11-hour flight over the neutral waters of the Chukchi, Bering, Okhotsk Seas and the North Pacific.”
As reported, on April 10, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) carried out a military interception of two Russian IL-38 naval reconnaissance aircraft near the US border in the Alaska region.