6 Russian bombers, fighters intercepted off Alaska coast- US military

Last Updated: May 22 2019 19:06
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The North American Air Defense Command on Tuesday said that United States fighters ambushed 6 Russian military aircraft in international airspace west of Alaska, and shadowed them until they exited the area.

The command said that the Russian aircraft included two Tu-95 strategic bombers, which were intercepted on Monday by two F-22 fighters.

The second group of two Tu-95 bombers and two Su-35 fighters were also intercepted by a pair of F-22 fighters, it said.

An AWACS surveillance plane monitored the operations, NORAD said, adding that the Russian aircraft were in international airspace throughout.

“Our ability to deter and defeat threats to our citizens and vital infrastructure starts with detecting, tracking, and positively identifying aircraft in our airspace,” NORAD’s commander, General Terrence O’Shaughnessy, said.

“We are on alert 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year,” he said.