U.S. Fighter Jets Intercept Russian Bombers Flying Near Alaskan Coast
U.S. jet fighters intercepted two Russian bombers that flew near the Alaskan coast on Monday night.
NBC News reports:
The Russian long-range TU-95 Bear bombers breached airspace around the U.S and Canada known as the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone in which aircraft must be readily identified and report details of their course and destination. The Russian bombers stayed in international airspace.
The bombers flew near the Aleutian Islands. The Russians also had maritime patrol aircraft in the vicinity.
The U.S. scrambled two F-22 fighters from Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska, to intercept the Russian planes.
There was no bridge-to-bridge communication between the US and Russian aircraft, but three U.S. officials said the Russians acted “very professionally.”
While this is the first time Russian bombers have been off the Alaskan coast since 2015, they have flown in the area about 60 times since 2007
So this may not be the first time the Russians have flown in this airspace, however; given the times we are in where Russia is being accused non-stop by the Democrats of hacking the U.S. election, it appears that this could have been a move of aggression.