The u.s. air force has intercepted on Saturday, four reconnaissance aircraft of Russian Tu-142 120 kilometres from the State of Alaska, indicated by the command of the air security of the United States and Canada (Norad).
Fighter F-22 “have intercepted four reconnaissance aircraft of Russian Tu-142 entering the zone of identification of air defense of Alaska on the 27th of June,” said Norad in a statement.
North American Aerospace Defense Command F-22s, supported by KC-135 air refuelers and E-3 Airborne Warning and Control…
Published by North American Aerospace Defense Command on Saturday 27 June 2020
The area air defense identification (Adiz) is an area within which the air traffic is monitored by the military of one or more countries, beyond its national airspace, in order to have a reaction time in case of manoeuvre hostile.
The United States has established four, but a dozen other countries have also created their own.
The Alaska extends up to approximately 320 km of coastline.
“The Tu-142s have approached to less than 65 nautical miles (120 km, editor’s note) south of the Aleutian islands of Alaska, and remained in the Adiz for close to eight hours,” said Norad, stating that they had not penetrated u.s. airspace.
This is the fourth time this month that the United States intercept the military aircraft Russian near Alaska.
On 29 may, the Russian ministry of Defence had released images showing two american bombers B-1 intercepted by the air defense Russian after having flown over the Baltic and Black seas near Russia.