US Stealth Fighter Jets intercept four Russian bombers off Coast of Alaska

May 22, 2019 - 8:28 am

A pair of US stealth fighter jets intercepted at least four Russian long-range bombers off the coast of Alaska this week; the first military incident between the two nations in months.

“NORAD fighters intercepted Russian bombers+fighters entering Alaskan ADIZ May 20. 2x Tu-95s were intercepted by 2x F-22s; a second group of 2x Tu-95+2x Su-35 was intercepted later by 2 more F-22’s; NORAD E-3 provided overall surveillance. The aircraft remained in int’l airspace,” posted NORAD’s official Twitter account.

“Our ability to deter and defeat threats to our citizens and vital infrastructure starts with detecting, tracking, and positively identifying aircraft our airspace. We are on alert 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year – Gen. O’Shaughnessy, Commander NORAD” added the Defense Command.

The incident comes days after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met face-to-face with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.

Russia’s role in US election interference has dominated headlines since mid 2016.

Attorney General William Barr appointed a US attorney last Monday night to investigate the shady origins of the Russia-Trump collusion probe and whether the DOJ acted “properly” while surveilling the Trump campaign heading into the 2016 election.

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