Two Russian bombers intercepted off Alaska

Two Russian bombers intercepted off Alaska


The United States Air Force intercepted two Russian Tu-95 bombers near the Alaskan coast on Monday, the United States-Canadian Air Security Command (NORAD) said on Tuesday. ).

Two fighters “intercepted two Russian Tu-95 Bear-H bombers entering the Alaska Air Defense Identification Zone on June 27,” Norad said in a statement.

The planes Russians “remained in international airspace and did not enter United States or Canadian airspace,” the US command said.

The air defense identification zone (Adiz) is a perimeter in which air traffic is monitored by the army of one or more countries, beyond its national airspace, to have a reaction time additional in the event of a hostile maneuver.

That of Alaska extends up to about 320 km from the coast.

At a time when tensions between the United States and the Russia are keen due to nuclear threats from Moscow, the US military clarified that Russian activity in the US Identification Zone was “not considered a threat or a provocation”.

Interceptions of Russian aircraft in this area very close to the Russian Far East are relatively frequent.

“NORAD uses a multi-layered defense of satellites, ground radars, onboard radars and fighter planes to identify any plane and recognize any inappropriate behavior”, nevertheless warned the American army. “We are ready to use a range of options to defend the sovereignty of North America and the Arctic.”

Russia usually conducts extensive military maneuvers at this time of year , the “Grom” exercise, which includes, among other things, ballistic missile tests.