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US fighter jets intercept Russian warplanes near Alaska for 5th time in 2 weeks

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American Military News

US fighter jets intercept Russian warplanes near Alaska for 5th time in 2 weeks

by Laura Widener

U.S. planes intercepted another group of Russian warplanes near Alaska, marking the fifth intercept in the past three weeks out of eight total this year.

North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) F-22s and a U.S. KC-135 Stratotanker intercepted two Russian IL-38 maritime patrol aircraft in the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) within 50 miles of Alaskan territory.

The Russian warplanes remained in the ADIZ for four hours, though they remained in international airspace.

“The IL-38s remained in international airspace and at no time did the aircraft enter United States or Canadian sovereign airspace,” NORAD said in a statement.

Read more: https://americanmilitarynews.com/2020/06/us-fighter-jets-intercept-russian-warplanes-near-alaska-for-5th-time-in-2-weeks/