Russian bombers fly near Alaskan coastline for second consecutive night

Appearance came night after fighter jets scrambled to intercept pair of Tu-95 long-range bombers

Russian bombers fly near Alaskan coastline for second consecutive night

Russian bombers have neared the coast of Alaska for a second consecutive night as relations continue to worsen between the Kremlin and Donald Trump’s administration.

Two Tu-95 Bear aircraft were monitored as they entered the US’ Air Defence Identification Zone on Tuesday.

Russian bombers fly near Alaskan coastline for second consecutive night

Unlike the previous night, fighter jets were not scrambled to intercept them but an E-3 Sentry early warning plane was sent to watch their movements.

The operation was mounted by the North American Aerospace Defense Command (Norad), which monitors approaches to the US’ area of interest, just outside its sovereign airspace.

US Air Force First Lt Lauren Hill, a spokesperson for Norad, told The Independent the latest flight was “not out of the ordinary”.

“That no intercept took place and the flight was not dissimilar from out of area flights that Norad has previously seen,” she added, saying that no further details could be given for operational security reasons.




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