Russian aircraft were detained at the entrance to the air defense identification zone
F-22 Raptors Fighters of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) supported by the KC-135 Stratotankers military transport aircraft and the E-3 Aviation Warning and Control System intercepted two Russian bomber formations at the entrance to the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone on Wednesday morning .
The first group consisted of two Tu-95 bombers, accompanied by two Su-35 fighters and an A-50 early warning and control aircraft, which were within a radius of 20 nautical miles from the coast of Alaska.
The second group consisted of two Tu-95 bombers, accompanied by the A-50, and was within a radius of 32 nautical miles. Russian aircraft remained in international airspace and did not enter US sovereign airspace.
“Despite the difficulties associated with COVID-19, NORAD forces are still ready to defend the country 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year,” assured the head of NORAD, General Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy. “We intercepted several Russian aircraft several times in the Alaska area and will continue air patrols to protect the borders of our countries.”
NORAD is a two-national command focused on the defense of both the United States and Canada. In responding to potential aerospace threats, it does not distinguish between the two countries and relies on the forces of both countries.