Two Russian bombers with a pair of fighter jets, were intercepted by stealth US F-22 aircraft near the coast of Alaska on Wednesday, according to North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).
The Russian TU-95 Bear bombers and their SU-35 fighter jet escorts stayed in international airspace but did fly as close to 50 miles from Point Hope, Alaska, reported CNN.
This is the first time Russian bombers have been accompanied by fighters in these types of flights since 2015, a US official told CNN.
A Russian A-50 Mainstay surveillance plane also later flew into the area but remained in international air space.
The US official claims the US military sees these flights as routine and pose no concern. This is obviously a bizarre statement since it has not happened since 2015, which makes this rather NON-routine.
While the Russians have not conducted flights of this nature since 2015, a senior defense official said they are “not a concern” and said it is just a training exercise.
Last month, Russian military aircraft were spotted flying off the coast of Alaska four times in as many days between April 17 and April 20, but they were not the fighter/bomber combination.
“We haven’t seen this sort of level of activity for a couple of years,” NORAD spokesperson John Cornelio said at the time, though he emphasized it was not “unprecedented” or “unusual.”
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)