US warplanes intercept four Russian warplanes near Alaska
The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) announced on Tuesday that two US fighter jets intercepted four Russian planes that approached US airspace over Alaska.
The NORAD issued a statement that said, “The routine interception of four Russian planes, including a Tu-95 heavy bomber and Su-35 fighter, took place on Monday”.
The interception process doesn’t mean that foreign aircraft necessarily violated US or Canadian airspace, as NORAD sends fighters to accompany any warplane if it flies too close to North American airspace.
The statement stressed that “the Russian planes remained in international airspace and didn’t enter the sovereign airspace of the United States or Canada”.
NORAD stated in its statement that these Russian sorties “occur on a regular basis and don’t represent a threat or be considered a provocative activity”.