From NORAD: Two pairs of F-22 fighter jets, each with an E-3 Airborne Early Warning and Control System aircraft, from the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) positively identified and intercepted Russian Tu-95 bombers and Su-35 fighter jets entering the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone on May 21.

Russian bombers, jets intercepted in the vicinity of US Alaskan coastline in international waters

The Russian armed service plane entered the Alaskan Air Protection Identification Zone and were intercepted by US fighter jets, supported by US tankers, NORAD claimed in a assertion. In the initial experience, NORAD claimed, two Russian bombers, two Russian fighter jets and a Russian airborne early warning and command plane arrived within just 20 nautical miles of the coastline of Alaska. The second formation was two bombers and an airborne early warning and management aircraft that arrived in just 32 nautical miles.

NORAD also claimed, “The Russian military services aircraft remained in worldwide airspace and at no time did they enter United States sovereign airspace.”

Standard Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, commander of NORAD, said Wednesday “intercepting multiple Russian aircraft demonstrates NORAD forces’ readiness and capability to protect the homelands.”

“Flying air patrols shields the ways to our nations and sends a clear information we continue on executing our homeland defense missions with the exact functionality and ability we always provide to the battle,” O’Shaughnessy claimed.

In March, US and Canadian fighter jets intercepted two Russian reconnaissance aircraft even though they were being flying off the Alaskan coast. There were also multiple intercepts involving Russian army plane off the coastline of Alaska in 2019.