According to the North American Aerospace Defense Command, a US F-22 fighter jet intercepted Russian military aircraft in international airspace off the coast of Alaska late Thursday.
The intercept took place amid heightened tensions between US and Russian militants, with tensions at the center this week when seven US service members were injured and led to Moscow and Washington in a collision between American and Russian military vehicles in Syria. incident.
“North American Aerospace Defense Command F-22 fighter aircraft, supported by KC-135 air refuelers, intercepted three groups of two TU-142 Russian maritime patrol aircraft entering the Alaska Air Defense Identification Zone late last night. ” Statement on Friday.
While Russian aircraft came within 50 nautical miles of the Alaskan coast, they remained in international airspace.
On Thursday, the US Northern Command said it was monitoring a Russian submarine that had landed in the international waters off the coast of Alaska.
An American official told CNN that it is very unusual for a Russian submarine to surface in that area.
Russia occasionally flies military aircraft into the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone, which extends beyond US and Canadian airspace, and those intrusions are often operated by USA or Canadian jets as part of NARAD.
However, US military officials say such Russian flights have increased in recent months.
“This year, we have conducted more than a dozen intersections, the highest in recent years. Air defense operations in the north and through the north,” said Narada’s commander in the north, General Glen Vanhark, in a statement on Friday. The importance of our continued efforts to project the project is no more clear. ”
The US performed its force on Friday, flying four B-52 bomber aircraft over all 30 NATO members.