For the second time in less than a week, the U.S. has intercepted Russian maritime surveillance aircraft in the Alaska Air Defense Identification Zone.
Two pairs of Tu-142 maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft were tracked and intercepted Saturday by USAF F-22 Raptors, supported by KC-132 Stratotanker refueling aircraft and E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System planes.
The Russian aircraft entered the ADIZ from the West and North of Alaska respectively. The western pair of Tu-142s remained within the ADIZ for approximately 4 hours and loitered in the vicinity of the U.S. Navy's 2020 ICEX where they are conducting submarine exercises. The Tu-142s were escorted by F-22s the entire time.
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