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Russian Bombers Intercepted By US and Canadian Fighters

WASHINGTON – US and Canadian fighter jets intercepted two Russian bombers in international airspace off the coast of Alaska, the North American Aerospace Defence Command announced.
Two Raptor poachers and two Canadian CF-18 Hornet fighter jets identified and intercepted long-range Tu-95 Bear Russian bombers in northern Alaska over the Beaufort Sea, Norad said in a statement.
The bombers had entered the air identification and defence areas of Alaska in Canada, which extends about 200 miles (321 km) off the west coast of Alaska.
Two F-22 and two CF-18 fighter jets supported by an E-3 Sentry, a KC-135 Stratotanker and a C-130 NORAD cistern positively identified and intercepted two Tu-95 Bear bombers in Alaska and Canada ADIZ on 8 August.
Both the United States and Canada expect airplanes entering the region to be positively identified in the interest of national security.
This is the second time this month that Russian planes are observed in the region.
Two Russian maritime reconnaissance anti-submarine fighter jets Tu-142 entered western Alaska on August 1st, but were not intercepted at that time, Norad said.
Russian planes did not enter sovereign territory of the United States or Canada during these incidents, according to the statement.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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