U.S. command reported the interception of Russian aircraft over Alaska

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The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) reported that U.S. Air Force F-22 fighters intercepted two Russian IL-38 anti-submarine aircraft near Alaska. This was reported on June 25 on the official page of the military department on Facebook.

“For the fifth time this month, NORAD demonstrated our readiness and ability to defend our homeland by intercepting Russian warplanes that invaded our air defense identification zone,” the agency quoted General Terrence O’Shaunessy, NORAD commander, as saying.

Russian planes “entered the Alaskan air defense identification zone late on the evening of June 24” and spent about four hours in international airspace before leaving. The borders of the sovereign airspace of the United States or Canada were not violated.

On 19 June it was reported that Russian Su-30, Su-35 and MiG-31 fighters were climbing to intercept U.S. Air Force B-52N bombers over the Sea of Okhotsk – no violation of the Russian border was also recorded.

In June, more than once Russian controls recorded U.S. aircraft. Thus, on June 17, two B-52H aircraft of the U.S. Air Force were discovered and taken under escort over the northeast Pacific Ocean. They were kept at a distance of over 300 km from the Russian borders.