Nord said in a statement that the Russian military plane had entered the Alaskan air defense identification zone and had been intercepted by US fighter planes backed by US tankers. The agency said, in its first meeting, that two Russian bombers, two Russian fighter planes, and the Russian Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft came 20 nautical miles from the coast of Alaska. The second formation is two bombers and an Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft that came 32 miles away.
Nord also said that “the Russian military plane remained in international airspace and never entered the sovereign airspace of the United States.”
“The interception of multiple Russian aircraft demonstrates the readiness of the Norad forces and their ability to defend the homelands,” said Terence Oshognessi, Norad’s commander, on Wednesday.
“Flying air patrols protect the approaches of our nations and send a clear message that we continue to carry out national defense missions with the same capacity and capabilities that we always carry to fight,” Oshognessi said.