NORAD Confirms Russian Strategic Bombers Intercepted Off Alaskan Coast

Two Russian strategic bombers were intercepted by US military aircraft in international airspace within 200 miles of Alaska's coast on Friday morning. NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) confirmed the incident in a statement to CNN, which involved US F-22 stealth fighters escorting the large Russian planes in international airspace away from the US coastline for 40 minutes, according to Reuters

NORAD and USNORTHCOM spokesman Canadian Army Maj. Andrew Hennessy confirmed in a statement a day after the encounter that, "At approximately 10 a.m. ET, two Alaskan-based NORAD F-22 fighters intercepted and visually identified two Russian TU-95 'Bear' long-range bomber aircraft flying in the Air Defense Identification Zone around the western coast of Alaska, north of the Aleutian Islands." 

F-22 Raptor escorts a Russian Air Force Tu-95 Bear bomber near Nunivak Island, 2007 © U.S. Air Force

The referenced Air Defense Identification Zone is said to extend approximately 200 miles off Alaska's western coast, and it appears the Russian aircraft never entered US airspace, according to NORAD's statement.  The official statement further reads the Russian bombers were "intercepted and monitored by the F-22s until the bombers left the ADIZ along the Aleutian Island chain heading west."

The last such incident took place as recently as May 3rd when a Russian bomber and fighter escort jet flew close to 50 miles from Point Hope, Alaska. American stealth planes were scrambled in response and monitored the Russian planes until leaving the area. 

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The Russian Defense Ministry also confirmed the incident through state-run RIA news agency, adding the detail that US monitoring jets never came closer than 100 meters to the Russian bombers. 

According to Russian Defense Ministry spokesman, Major-General Igor Konashenkov, the Tu-95MS planes, together with Tu-142 anti-submarine warfare aircraft, were conducting planned training flights over the neutral waters of the Arctic Ocean, the Bering Sea and the Sea of Okhotsk.

“The Russian Air Forces' aircraft were escorted by two US F-22 fighter jets, which did not approach closer than 100 meters, at the part of the route for 40 minutes."

There's been a string of tense Russian-US aerial close calls and intercepts over the past months not only off Alaska, but over the Black Sea as well. In April Russian bombers were sighted and monitored four times near the Alaskan coast, while in January a Russian Su-27 reportedly flew within a shockingly close 1.5 meters of a U.S. Navy surveillance plane while both were operating over the Black Sea, in international airspace. 

The massive Russian TU-95 'Bear' bombers date to the 1950's, but in spite of a six decade history as a feared Cold War areal fortress, its first reported use was in 2015 on the Syrian battlefield in support of the Assad government. It's capable of flying over any US mainland target while hauling over twelve tons of bombs as it has an internal fuel capacity which allows for a 9000 mile range. 

One ominous description and history of the Bear's development is as follows:

The Bear’s original intended mission was fairly clear-cut: in the event the Cold War became really hot, dozens of individual Bears would fly across the Arctic Circle and drop nuclear bombs on targets over the United States. Even if many fell victim to surface-to-air missiles and defending fighters, the reasoning was that some would get through.

However, Friday's incident off the Alaskan coast appears relatively benign  —  though the real story could be how it gets politicized in what most pundits have described as the ongoing "new Cold War."


JohninMK Sat, 05/12/2018 - 09:48 Permalink

So what?

That's their job, on both sides. If they didn't do it there would be much reduced work for US fighter pilots. Less need for high profit fighters for a start.

The US MIC should contribute to the RuAF fuel bill.


a Smudge by an… el buitre Sat, 05/12/2018 - 12:41 Permalink

Beat us to it.


Yes gentle hearted and tender Americans, Sarah Palin stands between us and Evil Ivan. With her fompy hairdo and here fresh-like-a-bunny bouncing butt, an AR15 rifle in one hand and a baby bottle in the other, Sarah Palin stands between us and the great Norther Evil. Single handedly she will preserve our great nation for future generations of almost suspiciously and nauseatingly white people. BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT ALASKA IS! Besides these small brown people who live in igloos and nobody can figure out how they got there to begin with. Swear to Gods, it's like somebody opened a door from Alaska to Mexico a million years ago and WHY CAN'T WE JUST HAVE A GODDAMNED BORDER WALL ALREADY?

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Parrotile Eyes Opened Sat, 05/12/2018 - 21:29 Permalink

When your airframe has a 20 ton payload, there's lots of space to accommodate plenty of useful listening technology. Those Kuznetsov engines provide adequate speed when needed, and amazing economy when flying in loiter mode.

We already KNOW Russia is no slouch where ECM is concerned, and it is very reasonable to predict their ELINT capabilities are at least comparable. Adding to the information bonanza, the West (mainly the US) still insists on holding very large, very regular "exercises" that provide anyone with the listening capability a very substantial, and very "useful" opportunity to see US radiated energy power and spectral distribution in what is presumably a "realistic" wartime engagement scenario.

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DuneCreature IridiumRebel Sat, 05/12/2018 - 10:42 Permalink

Maybe the Ruskies are trying to horn in on the US Government Crop Dusting business.

Darn those fly-by-night gypsies! 


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What pest would you like controlled and exterminated today?

How about your pesty neighbor Howard and his very annoying wife Alice? ... Your neighborhood does have an Alice, right? ... Every neighborhood has a Howard or a Dune.

I have a whole clan of idiots down the street with a vile nest of juvenile delinquent kids who I would like to stun with tranquilizer darts, cage and relocate three counties away, myself.

I don't really wish them any harm. ... Just distance.

The government (Through the Department of Ag or USDA) has another approach toward undesirable forms of life. .. Wild or domestic (I'm not sure which category the clan down the street from me fall in, but no matter, the USDA solution is the same) = Crop Dust The Pests! .......... Wipe them OUT!

All you have to do is climb up on your pesty neighbor's roof and paint a big red X on the shingles with a spray bomb. ... The government will take care of your annoying problem with their free pest control crop dusting program.

I suggest waiting until your neighbors have gone off for the evening before climbing up onto their roof to paint the targeting X. .. Some people may think they have an over-weight squirrel problem on their roof if they hear you tramping around up there. ... They just might have a squirrel gun handy too and that could ruin your graffiti caper in mid-stroke, mid-tamper or mid-scamper.

I'm just saying that because I have resorted to using a paid stealth graffiti artist to target mark a couple of selective roofs in the hood here because I am of heavy foot and hate the sight of my own blood mixed with drying red paint.

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Lumberjack chunga Sat, 05/12/2018 - 11:22 Permalink

Trump appoints Dyncorp and Bank Leumi owner, Feinberg to intel board.

Trump has appointed the billionaire owner of military contractor DynCorp, Stephen Feinberg, to head the President's Intelligence Advisory Board.

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mark1955 mark1955 Sat, 05/12/2018 - 10:20 Permalink

FALSE FLAG ALERT...STAGED MASS "Shooting" Alert!!!     Apologizes for Off-Topic post.


FBI to Possibly Try and STAGE Mass "Shooting" attacks between Today and Tomorrow Sunday ( The 13th a key illuminati date ) and probably Monday!


STAGED Mass "Shootings" yesterday in Perth Austrailia and California school "Shooting", were STAGED and ACTED out, to Try and psychologically "Grease the Skids" with the American People, for further FBI STAGED "Shootings" this weekend, to Try and get the American people on board more Gun Control legislation...Please Don't fall for it!


Everyone please remember, if any alleged Mass "Shootings" happen between now and Monday, immediately call them into question and DEMAND HD Video proof!

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flyonmywall just the tip Sat, 05/12/2018 - 12:37 Permalink

Any rotating mass generates torque. Thus, if you have a counter rotating propeller right below the top one that cancels out the torque of the first propeller. Engine mount mass and to some extent the underlying structure can be lighter, but you have to have a gearing system to generate the inversely rotating propeller. 

It's really just a design choice. There are compromises to every design, of course, even the ones that do not have a counter-rotating propeller.


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RedBaron616 HenryHall Sat, 05/12/2018 - 11:49 Permalink

9000 mile range without refueling. They have the right idea. What happens when you rely on tankers, but the enemy has shot down your tankers? 

Russians should carry cruise missiles in the TU-95s. The US currently has no defense against cruise missiles. Hard to believe, but true.

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