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USNORTHCOM: Russian Bombers Intercepted By U. S. F-22 Fighters Near Alaska

USNORTHCOM: Russian Bombers Intercepted By U. S. F-22 Fighters Near Alaska

Did not enter our airspace; NORAD is monitoring the situation

https://youtu.be/CCb_XbmB_iE

United States F-22’s intercepted two Russian Tu-95 Bear bombers near Alaska on Friday.  These are the same Russian bombers that have been probing our—and other nation’s—national air defense since at least early 2017.

The Washington Free Beacon reports:

Russian nuclear forces dispatch two strategic bombers into the air defense zone near Alaska on Friday and the aircraft were intercepted by American F-22 jets, the U.S. Northern Command said.

Two Tu-95 Bear bombers intruded into the 200-mile Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) over the Bering Sea near the Alaska coast early Friday, said Navy Capt. Scott Miller, chief spokesman for Northern Command and the U.S.-Canada North American Aerospace Defense (NORAD) Command.

“At approximately 10 a.m. eastern time, two Alaskan-based NORAD F-22 fighters intercepted and visually identified two Russian TU-95 ‘Bear’ long-range bomber aircraft flying in the Air Defense Identification Zone off the western coast of Alaska, north of the Aleutian Islands,” Miller told the Washington Free Beacon.

The Russian bombers, which are nuclear capable, did not enter sovereign U.S. or Canadian airspace, he added.

Miller said there was no unusual activity related to the encounter and there were no communications between the F-22s and bombers.

The bombers were flying in international airspace and “flying according to international norms,” he said.

“NORAD continues to monitor all air activity emanating from within and outside North American airspace,” Miller said.

The spokesman provided no further details on the mission of the Russian bombers.

Because who doesn’t want to watch an F-22 show off (some of) its capability:

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“there was no unusual activity related to the encounter and there were no communications between the F-22s and bombers.”

How does that qualify as an interception?

@irv It’s an interception because Ruskies, and everyone else, test radar and deployment times of potential aggressor forces in response to possible incursions to their air and sea spaces. Interception presents to the intruder from getting any closer and becoming a more immediate threat. The more immediate the threat becomes prior to interception drastically reduces the reaction time of the defender.

“presents” should be “prevents”

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