The Russian long-range bombers and Su-35 fighter jets flew into the Air Defence Identification Zone, according to a statement from North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD). USA fighters intercepted six Tu-95s in worldwide airspace west of Alaska, and shadowed them until they exited the area, the North American Air Defense Command said Tuesday.
The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation said on Twitter that the USA planes accompanied the Russian aircraft along part of their route.
The Russian aircraft remained in global airspace and never entered USA airspace Tuesday, but this time, the Russian planes flew in and out of the Alaska Air Defense Identification Zone that stretches 200 miles from the Alaska coastline.
USA defense forces have intercepted and escorted Russian war planes spotted near Alaskan air space for the second day in a row.
NORAD, which is the joint U.S.
Four F-22's intercepted four Tupolev Tu-95 bombers and two Su-35 fighters that had entered the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) on May 20, 2019.
Russian military officials acknowledged the incursion into US airspace, saying the aircraft were conducting "scheduled sorties" in worldwide airspace near the country's borders.
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The bombers entered the ADIZ and were intercepted by two F-22s, exited and then re-entered the Alaskan ADIZ accompanied by two Su-35 fighter jets. NORAD said it has "intercepted an average of approximately six to seven Russian sorties entering its ADIZ since Russia resumed long range aviation patrols in 2007".
Two Su-35 fighters were also spotted with the second pair of Russian bombers. Surveillance was carried out by an E-3 sentry during the interception carried out by the four F-22 jets.
'Our ability to deter and defeat threats to our citizens and vital infrastructure starts with detecting, tracking, and positively identifying aircraft our airspace, ' said General Terrence J.
"At certain stages of the route, Russian aircraft were escorted by F-22 fighter jets of the USAF. The total flight time exceeded 12 hours", Russian officials added.
As Newsweek noted in coverage of the previous day's incident, such occurrences were not uncommon as the us and Russian mainlands were within 55 miles of one another and the two countries actually shared a chain of Bering Sea islands known as the Aleutian Islands.
Tension between the USA and Russian Federation remains high, and such aerial encounters have not been uncommon in recent years.