NORAD: Russian bombers intercepted off the coast of Alaska

Photo: North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD)

WASHINGTON (SBG) - North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) confirmed on Twitter that Russian bombers and fighter jets were intercepted off the coast of Alaska Monday.

Two Russian Tu-95s bombers were intercepted by two U.S. F-22 fighter jets after the Russian aircraft entered the Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ), or area that serves as a national defense boundary for incoming aircraft intrusions. If an aircraft enters this zone without permission, they could be designated as a threat or intercepted by U.S. aircraft, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Later, the second group of Russian bombers this time traveling with Russian Su-35s air-defense fighter jets were intercepted again by U.S. fighter jets.

NORAD stated that the E-3 Sentry, an airborne warning and control system, provided "overall surveillance" of the encounter. According to the tweet, the aircraft remained in international airspace.

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