US fighter jets try to intercept Russian planes

U.S. warplanes are trying to intercept Russian aircraft off the coast of Alaska.

Aniruddha Chakraborty
15 May 2023
US fighter jets try to intercept Russian planes

BY A STAFF REPORTER: North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) said us warplanes had intercepted six Russian aircraft operating in international airspace near Alaska. Russian aircraft include Tu-95 bombers, IL-78 tankers and Su-35 fighter jets.

NORAD described the interception as "routine" and said it occurs about six or seven times per year in the so-called Alaska Air Defense Identification Zone. "Russia's activity in north American ADIZ occurs regularly and is not seen as a threat," NORAD said in a statement. NORAD tracks and positively identifies all military aircraft entering ADIZ, regularly monitors aircraft movements, and escorts them from ADIZ as necessary. "

U.S. aircraft involved in the incident included F-16 and F-22 fighter jets, KC-135 Stratotenker and E-3 AWACS.