United States warplanes once again intercepted multiple Russian bombers and fighter jets off the coast of Alaska, making it twice in just two days that U.S. planes had such interactions with Russia so close to the state.
KTUU first reported the incident on Monday, but according to officials, a similar intercept happened on Tuesday.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command, also known as NORAD, confirmed the second incident occurred when two Russian bombers accompanied by two Su-35 fighter jets entered the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone.
The planes were intercepted and routed by two NORAD F-22s inside the ADIZ. Officials stated the Russian operated planes left the ADIZ, but then returned again before leaving for good.
NORAD said, “This is the fourth and fifth intercepts this year and the second day in a row that Russian bombers have flown into the Alaskan ADIZ.”
Like Monday’s incident, the Russian aircraft moved in shy of actually entering sovereign airspace. “The Russian bombers and fighters remained in international airspace and at no time did the aircraft enter United States or Canadian sovereign airspace,” NORAD stated.