US fighters have rushed to intercept 8 Russian bombers approaching Alaska in the past week

US fighters have rushed to intercept 8 Russian bombers approaching Alaska in the past week

rpickrell@businessinsider.com (Ryan Pickrell),Business InsiderJune 17, 2020289 Comments

A US Air Force F-22 intercepting a Russian Tu-95 bomber
A US Air Force F-22 intercepting a Russian Tu-95 bomber

NORAD photo

  • US fighter aircraft have been called out to intercept eight Russian bomber aircraft in the past week, according to information from North American Aerospace Defense Command.
  • A total of four intercepts have taken place, with two occurring last Wednesday and another two happening Tuesday evening. In one instance, Russian aircraft came within just 20 nautical miles of US shores.
  • NORAD said that Russian aircraft have penetrated its air defense identification zones eight times this year, indicating an uptick in Russian air activity near North America.
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US Air Force F-22 Raptors have intercepted eight Russian bombers approaching Alaska in the past week as Russia steps up its air patrols near the US.

North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) reported Wednesday morning that F-22s, supported by KC-135 aerial refueling tankers and E-3 early warning aircraft, intercepted two Russian bomber formations in the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) Tuesday evening.North American Aerospace Defense Command@NORADCommand

NORAD F-22 Raptors, supported by KC-135 Stratotankers and an E-3

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