U.S. warplanes intercepted Russian bombers and fighter jets off the Alaskan coast for the second day in a row on Tuesday, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) confirmed early Wednesday morning. The U.S.-Canadian airspace defense agency said two Russian bombers accompanied by two Su-35 fighter jets entered the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) and were intercepted by two NORAD F-22s.
The planes left the ADIZ but returned shortly after, making "the fourth and fifth intercepts this year" of Russian military aircraft in the aviation buffer zone around Alaska. The Russian planes did not at any time cross into sovereign U.S. airspace; the ADIZ around Alaska, like similar zones monitored by NORAD around North America, are international airspace.
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NORAD's statement early Wednesday morning confirming the new intercept said it had demonstrated, "how NORAD executes its aerospace warning and aerospace control."
Tension between the U.S. and Russia remains high, and such aerial encounters have not been uncommon in recent years. NORAD said it has "intercepted an average of approximately six to seven Russian sorties entering its ADIZ since Russia resumed long range aviation patrols in 2007."
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