U.S. Air Force jets intercept Russian bombers near Alaska

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The American jets shadowed the Russian aircraft for approximately 40 minutes, according to NBC News, but the foreign aircraft never officially entered American airspace, remaining instead in the U.S. Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ).

Two US F-22 "Raptor" fighter jets intercepted two Russian TU-ninety five bombers on Tuesday, per an announcement launched by North American Aerospace Protection Portray.The Russian bombers "intercepted west of mainland Alaska had been accompanied by two Russian SU-35 "Flanker" fighter jets", NORAD talked about in an announcement issued Wednesday.

"Tu-95 MS strategic long-range bombers of the Russian Aerospace Forces performed scheduled flights over the neutral waters of the Arctic Ocean, the Bering Sea and the Sea of Okhotsk", the Russian Defense ministry said in a statement to TASS. It said the intercept happened at 10 p.m. ET.

A previous interception of bombers occurring on September 1 involved bombers without any Russian fighter jet escorts, CNN noted.

This air defense zone - known as an ADIZ - was declared unilaterally by the USA after World War II and is not binding under any worldwide treaty.

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It was not the first time such an incident has happened.

The drills involve almost 300,000 Russian troops along with 1,000 Russian aircraft, 36,000 tanks and other combat vehicles, the news agency said.

"Homeland defense is NORAD's top priority", NORAD's statement said after Tuesday's interception.

"NORAD employs a layered defense network of radars, satellites, as well as fighters to identify aircraft and determine the appropriate response", he added.

It is unclear if the aircraft in the video are the same ones that were intercepted near Alaska. "The identification and monitoring of aircraft entering a USA or Canadian Air Defense identification Zone demonstrates how NORAD executes its aerospace warning and aerospace control missions for the United States and Canada".

"Be advised that non-compliance may result in the use of force", the FAA says.

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