US fighters have rushed to intercept 8 Russian bombers approaching Alaska in the past week

A U.S. Air Force F-22 that intercepts a Russian Tu-95 bomber
NORAD photo
According to the North American Aerospace Defense Command, US fighter jets were ordered to intercept eight Russian bomber planes last week.
A total of four sections were intercepted, two of which took place last Wednesday and two on Tuesday evening. In one case, Russian aircraft were only 20 nautical miles from the U.S. coast.
NORAD said Russian planes have entered the air defense zones eight times this year, indicating an increase in Russian air activity near North America.
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The U.S. Air Force's F-22 raptors intercepted eight Russian bombers that were approaching Alaska last week as Russia stepped up its air patrols near the United States.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) reported Wednesday morning that F-22, supported by KC-135 tankers and E-3 early warning aircraft, intercepted two Russian bomber formations in the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) on Tuesday evening.
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NORAD F-22 Raptors, supported by KC-135 Stratotankers and an E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System, successfully completed two interceptions of Russian bomber aircraft formations that invaded the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone last night.
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The first Russian aircraft formation consisted of two Tu-95 bombers, two Su-35 fighters and an A-50 early warning and control aircraft in the air, and the second consisted of two Tu-95 bombers and an A-50. The aircraft was within 32 nautical miles off the Alaskan coast, but never entered US airspace.
The Russian Ministry of Defense has released a video of the interception.
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#Footage Four # The strategic missile launchers # Tu95MS of the RussianASF carried out a scheduled flight over the neutral waters of the Chukchi Sea, the Bering Sea, the Okhotsk Sea and the North Pacific
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And on Wednesday, June 10, two Russian bomber formations, made up of the same types of aircraft in the same groups, flew long-range air patrols near the United States and forced NORAD to respond.
One of the Russian formations was within 20 nautical miles from U.S. coasts, but none of the aircraft groups ever entered sovereign U.S. airspace, which is 12 nautical miles from U.S. coasts. The ADIZ extends 200 nautical miles from the coast.
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The F-22 Raptors of the North American Aerospace Defense Command, supported by KC-135 Stratotankers and the E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System, have completed two sections of Russian bomber formations entering the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone this morning.
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"For the eighth time this year, Russian military aircraft have entered our Canadian or Alaskan air defense zones," said NORAD Commandant General Terrence O'Shaughnessy in a statement on Wednesday, adding, "Every time NORAD forces are ready to move meet this challenge. "
His statements seem to indicate an increase in Russian long-haul patrol flights near the United States. In a statement last year, NORAD said it has intercepted an average of six to seven Russian missions that have entered NORAD ADIZ since Russia resumed these patrols in 2007.
The Russian planes that fly into ADIZ are not always bomber planes. For example, NORAD fighters intercepted some Russian Tupolev Tu-142MZ maritime reconnaissance and submarine fighter planes suspected of monitoring Ice Exercise (ICEX) 2020 earlier this year.
In April, O'Shaughnessy told Pentagon reporters that Russian air activity near North America was a "continuous effort" to "examine, review, and see our responses." He said that NORAD "is able to maintain this ability to respond immediately".
"We continue to expect activities there," said the general. "That is why we are positioned as we are and that is why we are always ready to respond."
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