American F-22 Raptors Intercept Russian Bomber Formations Heading Towards Alaska

ANCHORAGE, AK – The North American Aerospace Defense Command reported today, F-22 Raptors, supported by KC-135 Stratotankers and E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System, completed two intercepts of Russian Bomber formations entering the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone early this morning.

The flight, by the Russian bombers, appears to be an attempt by the country to test and probe America’s North American defense system.

“Intercepting multiple Russian aircraft demonstrates NORAD forces’ readiness and capability to defend the homelands 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year,” said General Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, NORAD Commander.  “Flying air patrols protects the approaches to our nations and sends a clear message we continue executing our homeland defense missions with the same capability and capacity we always bring to the fight.” said.

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