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US military aircraft intercept two Russian bombers and jets off Alaska coast for the second time in a week

US military aircraft intercept two Russian bombers and jets off Alaska coast for the second time in a week
Barbara C. Arroyo

The North American Aerospace Defense Command said in a statement Wednesday that the Russian aircraft’s first formation consisted of two bombers, along with two fighter jets, and was supported by airborne early warning and control aircraft.

The second formation consisted of two Russian bombers, which were supported by another airborne early warning and control aircraft. The Russian military aircraft arrived 32 nautical miles off the coast of Alaska, but remained in international airspace, and at no time did they enter the US sovereign airspace.

“These are important Russian structures in multiple locations,” a US defense official said of two recent interruptions. The US estimates that some Russian aircraft are just training missions. But it could be a sign that Moscow is suggesting that they are determined to speed up with American aircraft off the Russian coast.

According to a message posted on the Russian Ministry of Defense Twitter In the account, the bombers were “on a scheduled flight over the Chukki Sea, the Bering Sea, the Okhotsk Sea and the neutral waters of the North Pacific.”

Tuesday’s incident followed a similar incident last Wednesday, and this year is the eighth event in which Russian aircraft enter Canadian or Alaskan Air Defense identification zones.

In March, two Russian reconnaissance planes were intercepted when US and Canadian warplanes were flying off the Alaskan coast. There are also multiple disruptions to Russian military aircraft off the coast of Alaska in 2019.

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Barbara C. Arroyo

Barbara C. Arroyo

I'm a writer, editor and newsroom leader working at the intersection of tech and media, editorial and product, journalism and management. I am driven to transform our industry for the future, develop and mentor our people, build compassionate and innovative organizational cultures, and put readers and communities at the center of it all. I also have a love of storytelling and creative work, and refuse to pick one or the other.

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