Russian Military Aircraft Intercepted for 4th Straight Night Near Alaska

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Published on 21 Apr 2017, 18:50
Russian military aircraft have approached Alaska daily for four consecutive days since Monday, U.S. officials said, including two bombers intercepted Thursday night off northern Alaska by U.S. and Canadian fighter jets.

The latest intercept of two Tu-95 Bear aircraft occurred at about 7 p.m., according to a statement from NORAD spokeswoman MaryAnna Clemons.

"Two Alaskan-based F-22 Raptors and two Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 Hornet fighters intercepted and visually identified two Russian (Tu-95s) flying in the Alaskan and the Canadian Air Defense Identification Zones near the northern coast of Alaska and Canada," Clemons said Friday. "At no time, however, did the aircraft enter sovereign airspace for either the U.S. or Canada."

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