NORAD fighter jets intercept Russian military aircraft off Alaska

Cheryl Sanders
June 29, 2020

This is the second time Russian Federation has intercepted USA spy aircraft in a month in the Black Sea region, which is a great distance from the country's border.

F-22s intercepted two Russian IL-38 maritime patrol aircraft entering the Alaskan Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the late hours of June 24. Most have occurred in the past month.

NORAD forces this year have identified and intercepted Russian military aircraft on 10 separate occasions when they have flown into the ADIZ, said NORAD Commander General Terrence O'Shaughnessy.

"The IL-38s remained in global airspace and at no time did the aircraft enter the United States or Canadian sovereign airspace", it stated.

The planes were heading toward Russian Federation, according to the statement, but "immediately changed ... direction" after the intercept.

This was the fourth time this month that USA planes have intercepted Russian aircraft near Alaska.

According to the defense ministry, the Aerospace Force detected a R-8A Poseidon patrol aircraft, an RC-135 strategic reconnaissance jet and a KC-135 refueling plane over the Black Sea on Friday. The identification and monitoring of aircraft entering the USA or Canadian ADIZ demonstrates how NORAD executes its aerospace warning and aerospace control missions for the United States and Canada.

No one was immediately available at the Pentagon or U.S. European Command for comment.

Other recent intercepts occurred over the Sea of Okhotsk - off Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula and north of Hokkaido island in Japan - on June 19, and over the Baltic Sea days earlier, when Russian fighter jets intercepted a B-52.

The Russian air defense system has once again detected United States spy planes over neutral waters in the Black Sea, the country's defense ministry said in a statement.

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