Russian planes are intercepted by US fighter jets near Alaska

The Russian planes stayed in international airspace and did not fly over US or Canadian territory.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command (Norad) announced on Tuesday that two American fighter jets intercepted four Russian planes near Alaska. This “routine” intercept of Russian aircraft, including Tu-95 heavy bombers and Su-35 fighters, occurred on Monday, according to Norad.

‘There is no danger’

This operation entails escorting a potentially hostile aircraft that is either too close to or has entered the airspace. “Russian aircraft remained in international airspace and did not enter the US or Canadian sovereign airspace,” he added, adding that such Russian activity “occurred on a regular basis and was not regarded as a threat or provocative activity.”

If this was a routine operation, combat planes stationed in North America had the opportunity in February to carry out precise and rare offensive aerial actions by shooting down a Chinese balloon, described as a spy by Washington, off the country’s east coast, as well as three other unidentified flying objects.

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