US fighter jets intercepted four Russian reconnaissance planes Saturday near Alaska, CNN reported. Officials said the "Tu-142s came within 65 nautical miles south of the Alaskan Aleutian island chain and loitered in the ADIZ for almost eight hours", though they did not at any time enter USA or Canadian airspace.
Saturday's intercept follows similar encounters earlier this month in which US F-22 jets intercepted Russian nuclear-capable bombers near Alaska on three separate occasions.
NORAD F-22 fighter jets intercepted four Russian Tu-142 planes flying 65 nautical miles south of the Alaskan Aleutian islands Saturday, according to the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).More news: Microsoft will close nearly all of its retail stores
"Despite COVID-19, we remain fully prepared and able to carry out our national defense mission without fail", he said.
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 USA and Canadian airspace.
The Russian aircraft did not enter U.S. or Canadian sovereign airspace, NORAD said. On June 19, Russian Federation scrambled fighter jets to intercept two US B-52 bombers flying over the Sea of Okhotsk, off Russia's far eastern coast, the Interfax news agency reported.More news: CanSino's COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate Approved For Military Use In China
No one was immediately available at the Pentagon or U.S. European Command for comment. Last Thursday, NORAD intercepted Russian maritime patrol aircraft in the same area.
This is the second time Russian Federation has intercepted US spy aircraft in a month in the Black Sea region, which is a great distance from the country's border.
The Russian planes stayed in the ADIZ for almost eight hours.More news: Iran issues arrest warrant for Trump over Qassem Soleimani killing