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SEPTEMBER 2020

NORAD F-22s Intercept Russian Tu-95 Bombers Near Alaskan Airspace

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NORAD F-22s Intercept Russian Tu-95 Bombers Near Alaskan Airspace

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On June 16th, NORAD F-22 fighter jets intercepted two Russian Tu-95 bomber formations near Alaska.

NORAD said that the first formation of Russian aircraft consisted of two Tu-95 bombers, accompanied by two Su-35 fighter jets and was supported by an A-50 airborne early warning and control aircraft.

The second formation consisted of two Tu-95 bombers supported by an A-50.

“For the eighth time this year, Russian military aircraft have penetrated our Canadian or Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zones and each and every time NORAD forces were ready to meet this challenge,” said General Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, the NORAD Commander.

“Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, NORAD constantly monitors the northern approaches to our nations and our operations make it clear that we will conduct homeland defense efforts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.”

According to a message posted on the Russian Defense Ministry’s Twitter account, the bombers were on a “scheduled flight over the neutral waters of the Chukchi Sea, Bering Sea, the Sea of Okhotsk and the Northern Pacific.”

A similar situation took place on June 10th, when North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) F-22 fighter jets intercepted two pairs of Russian Tu-95 bombers “who got a little too close to Alaska for comfort.”

There was also accompanying aircraft for the Russian bombers.

The encounter took place on June 10th.

The original video of the interception was released by the Russian Ministry of Defense on June 17th.

In neither of these incidents did Russian aircraft enter US airspace.

On June 15th, Russian Su-27 fighters were reportedly intercepted by US strategic bombers over the Baltic Sea.

Back in March, US and Canadian fighter jets intercepted two Russian reconnaissance aircraft while they were flying off the Alaskan coast. There were also multiple intercepts involving Russian military aircraft off the coast of Alaska in 2019.

Separately, there were several occasions when US aircraft was intercepted by Russian fighter jets along the Russian border, as they were either patrolling or testing out some capability (such as missile strikes) nearby.

Notably, a US B-1B strategic bomber was intercepted by Russian fighter jets above the Black Sea.

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