Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

U.S. fighters intercept Russian bomber near Alaska

U.S. fighters intercept Russian bomber near Alaska

It's the second time this month a pair of Russian bombers flew near Alaska.

"At some stages of the route, the aircraft of Russia's Aerospace Forces were escorted by two F-22 fighter jets of the US Air Force".

On Tuesday at 6 p.m. Alaska time, two Russian Tu-95 "Bear" bombers were intercepted by two NORAD F-22 "Raptor" fighter jets, a release said.

"The homeland is no longer a sanctuary and the ability to deter and defeat threats to our citizens, vital infrastructure, and national institutions starts with successfully detecting, tracking, and positively identifying aircraft of interest approaching U.S. and Canadian airspace", NORAD commander Gen. Terrence O'Shaughnessy said in the statement.

Tuesday's incident comes just a week after a similar interception of Russian bombers south of the Aleutian Islands.

A previous interception of bombers occurring on September 1 involved bombers without any Russian fighter jet escorts, CNN noted.

The aircraft were "intercepted and monitored" by the US jets until they left the zone, heading west. O'Shaughnesy, NORAD commander, said the latest bomber incident highlights the need for continued air defense vigilance.

"The homeland is no longer a sanctuary and the ability to deter and defeat threats to our citizens, vital infrastructure, and national institutions starts with successfully detecting, tracking, and positively identifying aircraft of interest approaching U.S. and Canadian airspace", Gen. Terrence J.

The bombers and jet fighters also were likely testing USA air defenses to gauge NORAD responses and how quickly they respond to incursions in protected airspace.

Terrance O'Shaughnessy says radar, satellites and fighter jets are used to identify aircraft and determine appropriate responses.

They did not fly into USA or Canadian airspace.

The maneuvers come as Russian forces participate in what The Associated Press reported is the nation's largest-ever military exercise.

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