US intercepts Russian warplanes off Alaska, United States News & Top Stories

Clay Curtis
June 29, 2020

US fighter jets intercepted four Russian aircraft entering the Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) near Alaska on Saturday, a signal that military tensions could be increasing between the Pentagon and Moscow.

The Russian aircraft came within 50 miles of Unimak Island along the Aleutian island chain, spending approximately four hours in the ADIZ before exiting, the command said in a statement.

The NORAD jets have intercepted Russian military aircraft planes ten times in 2020 alone, according to NORAD.

"The Russian aircraft remained in worldwide airspace and at no time did they enter United States sovereign airspace", it said.

The intercept Wednesday off Alaska was the ninth in 2020 and the fifth in June, according to the North American Aerospace Defense Command, which guards USA and Canadian airspace. "Despite COVID-19, we remain fully ready and capable of conducting our no-fail mission of homeland defense".

Russian Tu-142 military aircraft were intercepted from Alaska for the tenth time this year.

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The Russian military has published video footage showing the moment a Su-30 fighter jet intercepted a group of USA spy planes over the Black Sea on Friday.

Meanwhile, Stars and Stripes reported a Russian defense ministry statement announced a Russian fighter jet intercepted two US reconnaissance aircraft and a refueling tanker as they flew in "neutral" airspace over the Black Sea.

The American planes were identified as a R-8A Poseidon patrol aircraft, an RC-135 strategic reconnaissance jet, and a KC-135 refueling plane.

No one was immediately available at the Pentagon or U.S. European Command for comment.

The Russian planes stayed in the ADIZ for almost eight hours.

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