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United States fighter jets intercepted Russian bombers for the second time in two days off the Alaskan coast, according to a statement from the North American Aerospace Defense Command.
Four Tupolev Tu-95 bombers and two Su-35 fighters entered the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone on Monday and were intercepted by two pairs of F-22 fighters and an E-3 Airborne Early Warning and Control System, according to NORAD’s press release. Two U.S. F-22’s intercepted two of the Russian bombers and two more F-22’s intercepted the second group of Russian bombers.
NORAD - Priority - Canada - United - States
“NORAD’s top priority is defending Canada and the United States,” said NORAD Commander General Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, according to NORAD’s press release.
“Our 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 U.S. and Canadian airspace. NORAD is on alert 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.”
Ministry - Defense - Monday - Demonstrations - Sorties
The Russian Ministry of Defense said Monday that these demonstrations are merely “scheduled sorties.”
“Four Tu-95ms strategic missile carriers of the Russian Aerospace Forces made scheduled sorties over the...
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