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US intercepts Russian warplanes off Alaska, United States News & Top Stories

In this North American Aerospace Defense Command screen grab a Russian reconnaissance aircraft is seen near Alaska In this North American Aerospace Defense Command screen grab a Russian reconnaissance aircraft is seen near Alaska
Bennie Garza | 29 June, 2020, 21:05

US fighter jets intercepted four Russian military planes flying off the Alaskan cost Saturday, marking the fourth interception this month, according to The Hill.

US F-22 fighter jets intercepted four Russian Tu-142 reconnaissance aircraft entering the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ), on Saturday. Most have occurred in the past month. The statement added the Russians remained in global airspace and did not enter either USA or Canadian airspace.

The interception of the Russian Tu-142s marks the 10th time this year that Russian military aircraft have been intercepted off Alaska, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, said in a statement on Saturday.

The planes were heading toward Russian Federation, according to the statement, but "immediately changed ... direction" after the intercept.

The intercept came days after U.S. F-22 Raptor stealth fighters were scrambled to intercept two Russian military planes off the coast of Alaska and less than a month after Russian fighters intercepted Air Force B-1s flying with Ukrainian Su-27s and MiG-29s in the Black Sea region on May 29. The Sukhoi returned to base, the defense ministry said, adding that "the flight of the Russian combat aircraft took place in strict accordance with global rules". The ministry also released a video of the Su-30 chasing the US aircraft out of the neutral waters.

"This year alone, NORAD forces have identified and intercepted Russian military aircraft, including bombers, fighters, and maritime patrol aircraft, on ten separate occasions when they have flown to ADIZ", said NORAD commander General Terrence J.

In this North American Aerospace Defense Command screen grab, a Russian reconnaissance aircraft is seen near Alaska on June 27, 2020.

The Tu-142MK is an improved variant of Russian maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft derived from the Tu-95 turboprop strategic bomber.

The Russian planes stayed in the ADIZ for almost eight hours.

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