Amid skyrocketing tensions with Mother Russia, NORAD was quick to scramble a squad of top gun fighter pilots after an uncommon threat was discovered about 100 miles off the coast of Alaska.
While the incident ended in a relatively professional manner, this is definitely a sign of the times and hopefully not a sign of what’s to come.
Two Russian bombers flew within 100 miles of Alaska’s Kodiak Island Monday night, prompting the U.S. to scramble two stealth fighter jets and an AWACS plane to intercept them.
According to Fox News, the Tu-95 “Bear” bombers got about 280 miles southwest of Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage.
After the bombers entered the United States’ Air Defense Identification Zone, two F-22 stealth fighter jets and a Boeing E-3 Sentry, commonly known as an AWACS, took off from Elmendorf to make an intercept.
Fox News reported the F-22s flew next to the bombers for 12 minutes before the Russian planes turned around and flew back to their home base.
Current U.S.-Russian relations are at a “low point,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said during a recent trip to Moscow.
A Russian spy ship was spotted shadowing the east coast of the U.S. in February and March.
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