The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) also stated that it identified a Russian A-50 supporting the intercepted aircraft.
States.- States warplanes of the United States , the Monday night intercepted four aircraft combat Russians and identified a fifth flying within 30 nautical miles off the coast of Alaska.
These are the F-22 fighter jets assigned to the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), who through its Twitter account reported that they are supported by the E-3 airborne alert and control system (AWACS) and A KC-135 refueling aircraft intercepted two Russian Tu-95 bombers escorted by two Su-35 fighters and supported by a Russian A-50 airborne early warning and control aircraft.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command F-22 fighter plane, supported by the E-3 airborne warning and control system and the KC-135 refueling plane, intercepted two Russian Tu-95 bombers escorted by two aircraft from Su-35 fights Monday night, says NORAD’s twitter
Likewise, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), also stated that it identified a Russian A-50 that supported the intercepted aircraft that was loitering within the ADIZ, it refers to the air defense identification zone established around the airspace from the United States.
He reported that for approximately 1.5 hours and was 30 nautical miles off the coast of Alaska. All aircraft in the Russian airspace remained Int’l and at no time entered or sovereign airspace.
“NORAD forces remain on alert 24/7/365 to respond to potential threats to Canada and the United States. The agility and preparedness of our staff ensures that we are successful in addressing potential aerospace threats with the right response at the right time – General VanHerck, ”writes NORAD in its publication
It should be remembered that NORAD aircraft have conducted numerous intercept missions against Russian aircraft flying near Alaska in 2020. In a series of interceptions in June, NORAD intercepted eight Russian aircraft, including Tu-95 bombers, Su -35 and A-50 early warning and control aircraft flying 30 miles from Alaska, as reported by American Military News.
A week after intercepting the first eight Russian aircraft , NORAD intercepted eight more Russian aircraft, flying in two bomber formations. In a two-week period, NORAD carried out five separate interception missions.
By March, O’Shaughnessy assessed the intercepted Russian Tu-142 Russian reconnaissance aircraft that spied on drills of American submarines as they prowled an area where drills were taking place.
By April, Air Force Gen. Terrence O’Shaughnessy, the then commander of NORAD, assessed that Russia’s numerous flights around Alaska were part of an effort to test American defenses for weaknesses.