Russian warplanes intercepted by United States Air Force near Alaska, said US commanders.
According to details, four Russian reconnaissance aircraft near Alaska intercepted near Alaska. The Russian Tu-142’s came within 65 nautical miles south of Alaska’s Aleutian island chain and “loitered” in the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) for eight hours.
But they stayed in international airspace and did not enter US or Canadian airspace, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) said.
An ADIZ; a perimeter within which air traffic monitored by the air forces of one or more friendly countries so they have extra time to react to hostile action.
The US has established four of these zones but a dozen or so other countries have also set their own up.
This was the fourth time this month that US planes have intercepted Russian aircraft near Alaska.
The Tupolev Tu-142 is a Soviet/Russian maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft derived from the Tu-95 turboprop strategic bomber.
A specialized communications variant designated Tu-142MR tasked with long-range communications duties with Soviet ballistic missile submarines.
The Tu-142 was designed by the Tupolev design bureau, and manufactured by the Kuibyshev Aviation and Taganrog Machinery Plants from 1968 to 1994. Formerly operated by the Soviet Navy and Ukrainian Air Force, the Tu-142 currently serves with the Russian Navy.