U.S. Fighter Jets Intercept 2 Russian Bombers, 2 Fighters off Western Coast of Alaska

Sep 13, 2018

Two U.S. fighter jets intercepted four Russian warplanes off the west coast of Alaska Tuesday. It’s the second time this month that fighters have scrambled to intercept Russian aircraft that’ve approached U.S. airspace around Alaska.

An American F-22 accompanies one of the Russian TU-95 bombers as it transits through the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone Tuesday.
Credit NORAD

A news release issued Wednesday by the North American Aerospace Defense Command says the two F-22 Raptors intercepted two TU-95 Bear bombers two SU-35 Flanker fighter jets at around 6 p.m. Tuesday Alaska time.

The NORAD new release says the F-22s were scrambled because the Russian aircraft had entered the Alaska Air Defense Identification Zone. Aircraft often enter the zone, because it’s international airspace. But Russian warplanes that enter the zone are met and accompanied through the Alaskan zone by fighters, usually based out of Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson.

The JBER F-22s scrambled on Sept. 1 to intercept two Russian Bear bombers.