U.S. fighter jets intercept 8 Russian warplanes just 30 miles from Alaska

by Bryan Brammer · Jun 10th, 2020 3:46 pm

United States fighter jets on Wednesday intercepted two Russian bomber formations comprised of eight warplanes just 30 miles from Alaska, the U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command confirmed in a series of tweets.

The first formation to be intercepted consisted of two Tu-95 bombers, two Su-35 fighter jets and a single A-50 warning aircraft.

The second intercepted bomber formation included two more Tu-95 bombers and another A-50 aircraft.

NORAD Commander Air Force Gen. Terrence J. O'Shaughnessy said the intercepts "demonstrate the forces' readiness" to defend the homelands.

"Flying air patrols protects the approaches to our nations and sends a clear message we continue executing our homeland defense missions with the same capability and capacity we always bring to the fight," O'Shaughnessy said.

The Russian Defense Ministry posted a video of their bombers being intercepted:


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