The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) said in a statement that U.S. fighter jets on Monday intercepted Russian warplanes off the coast of Alaska and kept tabs on the aircraft until they left the region.
The F-22 fighters intercepted four Russian bombers and two Russian fighter planes entering an area designated as the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone.
NORAD fighters intercepted Russian bombers+fighters entering Alaskan ADIZ May 20. 2x Tu-95s were intercepted by 2x F-22s; a second group of 2x Tu-95+2x Su-35 was intercepted later by 2 more F-22’s; NORAD E-3 provided overall surveillance. The aircraft remained in int'l airspace pic.twitter.com/VrNuSWFOQm
— North American Aerospace Defense Command (@NORADCommand) May 21, 2019
NORAD clarified that the Russian bombers and fighters remained in international airspace and at no time did the aircraft enter United States or Canadian sovereign airspace.
Russia’s Ministry of Defense acknowledged its planes were in the region on what it described as scheduled training exercises.
Via NBC News