Russian maritime patrol planes operate off northern Alaska, intercepted by USAF, RCAF fighters

Russian maritime patrol planes operate off northern Alaska, intercepted by USAF, RCAF fighters
The red dashed line represents a notional CPA line of 50NM in the Beaufort Sea. (Territorial airspace extends to 12NM.) NORAD image (inset); Google map, author annotation

[Ed. – This is worth highlighting because of where the planes were.  Reportedly they operated there for four hours.  They were well off the coast, but still very much in the U.S. back yard.  Air Force fighters from Canada and the U.S. escorted them 100% of the time they were in the ADIZ.  Thumbs up.]

Two Russian Tu-142 maritime reconnaissance aircraft lingered in U.S.-Canadian air defense space Monday for hours after being intercepted by fighter jets, defense officials said.

The two Russian planes were intercepted by U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors and Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18s, a version of the U.S. Navy’s F/A-18 Hornet, in the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone, officials said in a release.

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“[North American Aerospace Defense Command] fighter aircraft escorted the Tu-142s for the duration of their time in the ADIZ,” officials said. “The Russian aircraft remained in international airspace over the Beaufort Sea, and came as close as 50 nautical miles to the Alaskan coast. The Russian aircraft did not enter United States or Canadian sovereign airspace.”

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