U.S. fighters intercept Russian bomber near Alaska

USAF intercept

USAF intercept

On Sept. 1, two F-22 fighters intercepted Russian bombers flying in the Air Defense Identification Zone south of the Aleutians, NORAD said in a written statement.

They were intercepted by a pair of Air Force F-22 stealth fighter jets, according to a statement by the North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD).

"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 USA and Canadian airspace", said NORAD Commander General Terrence J.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation claims Russian warplanes regularly fly without respecting global safety norms, such as responding to air traffic control and requests to identify themselves.

"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 US and Canadian airspace", O'Shaughnesy said in a statement.

A similar incident occurred on September 1, the Washington Free Beacon first reported.

"NORAD employs a layered defense network of radars, satellites, as well as fighters to identify aircraft and determine the appropriate response", he added. A defense official told the newspaper that the Russian bombers, which entered the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ), south of the Aleutian Islands, may have been practicing cruise missile strikes on United States missile defense systems based in Alaska.

No other details of the intercept were disclosed.

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 Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, as first noted by Fox News, released a video Wednesday of two Cold War bombers escorted by fighter aircraft taking off for exercises from an airbase in eastern Russia.