American F-22 invisible fighters on Saturday intercepted four Russian reconnaissance aircraft from Alaska. The four Russian Tu-142 reconnaissance aircraft came within 65 miles of the Alaskan Aleutian Islands but did not enter US or Canadian airspace. O'Shaughnessy, NORAD Commander. "Despite COVID-19, we remain fully ready and capable of conducting our no-fail mission of homeland defense".
The crew of the Sukhoi fighter jet approached the American aircraft "at a safe distance" and "identified them as a U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon patrol plane, an RC-135 strategic reconnaissance aircraft, and a U.S. Air Force KC-135 tanker aircraft", a translation of the statement said.
The New York Times reported Friday that USA intelligence concluded months ago a Russian military intelligence unit offered bounties to the Taliban to kill American troops operating in Afghanistan.
NORAD stands for North American Aerospace Defense Command, a combined U.S. US military aircraft also routinely fly near Russian borders and are typically intercepted by Russian fighters.
On May 29, the Russian defense ministry published images of two US B-1 bombers intercepted by Russia after flying over the Baltic and Black seas near Russia. "The Russian aircraft remained in worldwide airspace and at no time entered United States or Canadian sovereign airspace", Saturday's statement said. Last Thursday, NORAD intercepted Russian maritime patrol aircraft in the same area.
The Russian air defense system has once again detected U.S. spy planes over neutral waters in the Black Sea, the country's defense ministry said in a statement. The ministry also released a video of the Su-30 chasing the US aircraft out of the neutral waters.