U.S., Canadian jets intercept 8 Russian aircraft

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Two F-22 fighter jets intercepted six Russian military airplanes that neared the western coast of Alaska, military officials said Friday.

Lt. Col. Michael Jazdyk, a spokesman for the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, said the U.S. jets intercepted the planes about 55 nautical miles from the Alaskan coast at about 7 p.m. Pacific time Wednesday.  

The Russian planes were identified as two IL-78 refueling tankers, two Mig-31 fighter jets and two Bear long-range bombers. They looped south and returned to their base in Russia after the U.S. jets were scrambled.

At about 1:30 a.m. Thursday, two Canadian CF-18 fighter jets intercepted two of the long-range bombers about 40 nautical miles off the Canadian coastline in the Beaufort Sea.

In both cases, the Russian planes entered the Air Defense Identification Zone, which extends about 200 miles from the coastline. They did not enter sovereign airspace of the United States or Canada.

Jazdyk said the fighter jets were scrambled “basically to let those aircraft know that we see them, and in case of a threat, to let them know we are there to protect our sovereign airspace.”

In the past five years, jets under NORAD’s command have intercepted more than 50 Russian bombers approaching North American airspace.

NORAD is a binational American and Canadian command responsible for air defense in North America.


3 thoughts on “U.S., Canadian jets intercept 8 Russian aircraft

  1. So, these Russian planes were over international waters and this is headline news? On the other hand US and Nato military pressing the Russian borders is OK. Talk about lopsided viewpoints!

    1. In the UK’s daily mirror the same thing happened except that some of the commenter’s actually stated that the russians were in the ‘UK’s international airspace’. I kid you not.

  2. Then there was the Russian aircraft that they probably didn’t see on radar or anything else.

    Its an old game. US does it to them and they do it to us. Better believe that IL78 was loaded with electronic emotions recording gear.

    Bottom line Russian Federation is getting threatened and attempts are being main by the British empire/ Anglo-American establishment to strangle their trade.

    Strangling a Nation’s trade and cutting off vital supplies, in this case from Russia to its costumers is an bonnified “ACT OF WAR”. Russia does not want war, and even if they did, they are in no shape after the 70 year devastation by the Zionist Bolshevik rule to fight a war with anyone.

    What do you expect a Christian nation being threatened by a nation or nations lead by psychopathic quires to do?

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