[Ed. – The good news on this is that we appear to have resumed 100% eyes-on intercept coverage, which was our standard from the 1950s up until Obama’s last couple of years in office. The first unintercepted Russian bomber approach to CONUS was in 2015. Prior to that, Obama allowed a Russian bomber to circumnavigate Guam without intercept in 2014. At least we’ve given that insanity up. Eyes-on (the only way to verify weapons load on the bombers), 100% time held at risk by our fighter interceptors; that’s the standard that deters dangerous stupidity.]
There were two groups of Russian aircraft that entered the Air Defense Identification Zone, or ADIZ, a NORAD official told Air Force Times.
“One group penetrated the ADIZ north and proceeded south, the other penetrated south and proceeded north. The intercept concluded at approximately 2100-2400 mountain time,” the official said.
Two Russian Tupolev Tu-95 bombers were intercepted by two F-22s. A second group of two more Tu-95s and two Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets were intercepted later by two more F-22s.