United States: Four Russian warplanes have been tracked and detected near Alaska State of the United States, according to a recent report shared by the North American Aerospace Defense Command on Tuesday.
The preliminary information by the officials revealed that the aircraft was operating in the Alaska Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) – which is monitored to gather additional reaction time in case of hostile actions, according to CBS News.
The announcement was made by NORAD through an official statement, which read, “The Russian aircraft remained in international airspace and did not enter American or Canadian sovereign airspace. This Russian activity in the Alaska ADIZ occurs regularly and is not seen as a threat.”
What does Russia have to comment on?
According to the reports published by Reuters, the Russian authorities have confirmed that two Tu-95 bombers flew on the waters near Alaska on Wednesday. The Defense Ministry further emphasized that both planes were escorted by SU-30SM fighter jets.
While sharing the time period of the flight, the officials stated that To-95s were in the air for approximately nine (9) hours.
The Lieutenant General of Russia’s Defense Force – Sergei Kobylash, stated, “The flight was carried out in strict accordance with international rules for the use of airspace,” according to the news agency.
Though these Russian warplanes were not considered a threat, the military activities in the region have garnered attention in recent months.
In August 2023, some destroyers were deployed near Alaska by the US Navy after reports underlined the presence of around 11 Russian and Chinese warships in the nearby international waters.
In this regard, a Republican for Alaska – Senator Dan Sullivan mentioned that the size of the joint operation to be conducted by China and Russia was “unprecedented.”
Early activities by the Russian military!
Certain reports have highlighted that a Russian military aircraft was seized by American warplanes near Alaska waters in the same week of February 2023. Addressing the issue, NORAD highlighted that a “layered defense network” of satellites has been used by the defense authorities to keep an eye on ground-based, airborne radars, and fighter jets of other countries – which could be a possible threat.
The official website of NORAD highlighted that the Alaskan NORAD Region can detect “what goes on in and near North American airspace 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” as per the reports by CBS News.