U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors fighter jets intercepted two Russian patrol aircraft near Alaska on Wednesday, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) announced. The two jets were Russian IL-38 aircraft.
NORAD said the Russian maritime reconnaissance aircraft, which are used to hunt for submarines. were intercepted in the Bering Sea, north of the Aleutian Islands, and did not enter United States or Canadian sovereign airspace.
“COVID-19 or not, NORAD continues actively watching for threats and defending the homelands 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year,” NORAD Commander Gen. Terrence O’Shaughnessy said in the posts.
O’Shaughnessy later on Thursday on “Fox & Friends” said the Russian aircraft flew within 50 miles of the Alaskan coast, adding that Moscow “wanted to see if we are able to react.”
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