Two Russian bombers were intercepted by U.S. Air Force fighter planes as they attempted to enter international airspace close to Alaska.
Two Russian bombers were spotted entering the Alaskan Air Defense ID Zone (ADIZ) by the Alaskan North American Aerospace Defense Command on Oct. 17. Press release.
The ADIZ is not within the borders of national airspace. This is done to ensure safety, and allow for adequate reaction time in case there are hostile acts. According toCBS News.
According to NORAD, the two Russian Tu-95 Bear-H-bombers were still in international airspace. They were intercepted by U.S. fighter planes. Officials claim that the bombers were not considered a threat by NORAD. They routinely evacuate foreign aircraft from the zone.
NORAD employs layers of defense space satellites and other defense equipment in order to monitor this area. The NORAD statement says that NORAD tracks and identifies possible hostile aircraft to inform the appropriate responses.
NORAD stated that the interception showed that they are still in control of the bomber, even though it was not a threat. “ready to employ a number of response options in defense of North America and Arctic sovereignty.”