Russian Bombers Intercepted Off Alaskan Coast

Russian Bombers Intercepted Off Alaskan Coast

( – Russia has had a history of skirting past and trespassing over various borders, but its military has been bolder as of late. The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) intercepted two Russian bomber formations off the coast of Alaska on Wednesday, June 10, with F-22 Raptors

The first Russian formation contained two Tu-95 bombers, two Su-35 fighter jets, and an A-50 support aircraft. It came within 20 miles of the Alaskan coast. US airspace extends 12 miles from the shore, so the Russian jets stayed within international airspace. However, NORAD monitors international airspace off the coast as part of its Air Defense Identification Zone.

The second Russian formation included two Tu-95 bombers and another A-50 early warning and control aircraft. It only came 32 nautical miles from the Alaskan coast.

These flybys come after Russia ran flights that came within 50 miles of American shores in April. As the Russian planes fly closer to Alaska, NORAD Commander and Air Force General Terrence O’Shaughnessy proves his patrols are capable of defending the homeland. As global tensions continue to rise, it’s important to keep an eye on what Russia is up to.

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