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US fighter jets intercept Russian reconnaissance aircraft off Alaska #114749

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Deanna Wagner | 29 June, 2020, 21:03

USA fighter jets intercepted four Russian reconnaissance aircraft off the coast of Alaska, according to the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).

US F-22 fighter jets intercepted four Russian Tu-142 reconnaissance aircraft entering the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ), on Saturday.

The MoD stressed that the interceptor followed worldwide rules and kept a safe distance from the group - something the United States military has claimed the Russians have been failing to observe when dealing with their nosy aircraft in the past.

NORAD also said that the Russian plane reached 65 nautical miles south of Alaska's Aleutian island chain and prowled ADIZ for almost eight hours.

"For the fifth time this month, NORAD has demonstrated our readiness and ability to defend the homeland by intercepting Russian military aircraft entering our Air Defence Identification Zone", said General Terrence J O'Shaughnessy, NORAD Commander.

The intercept Wednesday off Alaska was the ninth in 2020 and the fifth in June, according to the North American Aerospace Defense Command, which guards US and Canadian airspace.

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"Despite COVID-19, we remain fully prepared and able to carry out our national defense mission without fail", he said.

According to Russia's Ministry of Defense, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy reconnaissance planes along with a refueling tanker were detected on June 26, making it the eighth interaction between the two superpowers in the past one month.

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The Russian planes stayed in the ADIZ for almost eight hours.

US fighter jets intercepted four Russian military planes flying off the Alaskan cost Saturday, marking the fourth interception this month, according to The Hill.