U.S. Air Force F-22 fighters intercepted six Russian aircraft that entered the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) on Monday.
Interested in Russia?
Add Russia as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Russia news, video, and analysis from ABC News.
“Two pairs of F-22s and an E-3 Airborne Early Warning and Control System from North American Aerospace Defense Command positively identified and intercepted a total of four Tupolev Tu-95 bombers and two Su-35 fighters entering the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) on May 20,” according to a NORAD statement.
An ADIZ is airspace over land or water that stretches 200 miles from the coastline and is monitored in the interest of national security. Territorial airspace begins 12 miles from the coastline. NORAD, a joint U.S.-Canadian military command sends military aircraft to identify any unidentified aircraft transiting through the American or Canadian ADIZ’s.
“Two of the Russian bombers were intercepted by two F-22s, and a second group of bombers with Su-35 fighters was intercepted later by two additional F-22s, while the E-3 provided overall surveillance,” the statement said. “The Russian bombers and fighters remained in international airspace and at no time did the aircraft enter United States or Canadian sovereign airspace.”
The Russian Defense Ministry said in its own statement that “Four Tu-95ms strategic missile carriers of the Russian Aerospace Forces made scheduled sorties over the neutral waters of the Chukotka, Bering and Okhotsk seas, as well as along the western coast of Alaska and the northern coast of the Aleutian Islands.”
“At certain stages of the route, Russian aircraft were escorted by F-22 fighter jets of the USAF,” according to the statement. “The total flight time exceeded 12 hours.”
“All flights of the Russian Air and Space Force are carried out in strict accordance with the International Airspace Management System without violating the borders of other states,” it added.
It takes a bit of effort for the Russian military to undertake these long-range bomber missions to far eastern Russia and the waters off of Alaska. Russia’s long-range bomber fleet is positioned in central and western Russia, meaning the bombers and their maintenance teams are flown to eastern Russian airbases so they can undertake these types of missions.
Over the last two years, Russian missions close to Alaska have occurred two to three times a year.
more recommended stories
AirPods Pro sale: Save on Apple’s latest earbuds at Amazon
(CNN) — Apple’s AirPods Pro.
Why many Americans don’t vote: FiveThirtyEight
Why many Americans don’t vote: FiveThirtyEight.
Fact Check Friday: Trump on ‘law and order’ and protests
Washington, D.C. — The president has.
Venue tied to a Covid-19 outbreak says it made 'an error' in interpreting rules
Ex-UConn star, top NBA sixth man Cliff Robinson dies at 53
Ex-UConn star, top NBA sixth man.
Activists see disparate police tactics amid Kenosha protests
KENOSHA, Wis. — Police officers in.
Myrtle Beach Worry-Free Vacation Packages & Deals
During these uncertain times, many Myrtle.
RNC 2020 Live: Melania Trump headlines from Rose Garden, Pompeo to speak from overseas trip
A partially virtual Republican National Convention.
Pay 0 Interest Until 2022- CompareCards.com
If you buy gas and groceries,.
2nd night of protests against GOP convention in Charlotte
Protesters have returned to the streets.