Russian Federation bombers off Alaska intercepted by United States fighter jets

Russian Federation bombers off Alaska intercepted by United States fighter jets

Russian Federation bombers off Alaska intercepted by United States fighter jets

The incident marks the second time US F-22s have intercepted Russian bombers off the coast of Alaska this month.

The Russian Tu-95 bombers, accompanied by two Russian Su-35 fighter jets, were intercepted west of mainland Alaska at around 10:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday (0200 GMT, Wednesday), said the North American Aerospace Defense Command in a statement. The TU-95 is a nuclear-capable bomber, according to The Hill. A U.S. sufficient beforehand told CNN that the navy sees these flights as routine and talked about they pose no disaster.

The ADIZ was created by the United States after World War II as a watch zone and extends approximately 200 miles into the ocean in what is technically worldwide airspace.

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The statement of the press service of the joint command aerospace defense of North America stated that the incident took place at 22.00 local time on September 11 (05.00 Kyiv time on September 12).

"Homeland defense is NORAD's top priority".

"The Russian aircraft remained in global airspace and at no time did the aircraft enter United States or Canadian airspace", the statement said. NORAD is a binational command focused on the defense of both the USA and Canada, the response to potential aerospace threats does not distinguish between the two nations, and draws on forces from both countries.

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Russian Federation and China are now participating in military games along their shared border, but it's not clear whether this incident is related.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin vowed Thursday to strengthen his country's military in a statement to reporters at the war games.

Russian Federation is a peaceful nation [and it must] be ready to protect its sovereignty, security and national interests, and, if necessary, support our allies. O'Shaughnessy, the NORAD Commander.

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