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To the West of Alaska in the United States and Canada saw Russian Tu-142

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The command of the United States and Canada discovered the Russian Tu-142 aircraft

Two Russian long-range anti-submarine aircraft Tu-142 spotted in the air defense zone of Alaska, reported in the US-Canadian Air Defense Command. At the same time, Russian aircraft did not violate the airspace of the United States or Canada.

The flight of Russian Tu-142 aircraft in the Alaskan air defense identification zone attracted the attention of NORAD, the Joint Aerospace Defense Command of the United States and Canada. This is stated in the Twitter structure.

"The NORAD command in Alaska has identified and tracked two Russian Tu-142 maritime patrol aircraft," the North American military said.

The Russian pilots did not violate the sovereign airspace of Canada or the United States. The planes were in the air for 11 hours, covering more than 8 thousand km. The press service of the Eastern Military District (VVO) stressed that the flight took place over the Chukchi and Bering Seas.

According to RIA Novosti, the crews of the Tu-142MZ worked out the skills of flying over undirected terrain and piloting in the absence of ground-based radio beacons.

At the same time, near the Russian borders, long-range aircraft were accompanied by high-altitude MiG-31BM fighters of the naval aviation of the Russian Pacific Fleet.

In November, British Typhoon fighters were sent to intercept Russian Tu-142 military aircraft flying over the North Sea near the UK.

The Russian Northern Fleet said that two long-range anti-submarine aircraft Tu-142 of the Russian Federation conducted a 12-hour patrol over the neutral waters of the Arctic Ocean and the north-eastern Atlantic.

"The flights of the long-range anti-submarine aircraft Tu-142 of the Northern Fleet were carried out in strict accordance with the international rules for the use of airspace over neutral waters," the SF said in a statement.

Russian fighter jets also regularly rise to intercept American and British military aircraft approaching the borders of the Russian Federation. On November 28, a Su-27 fighter jet was scrambling to intercept a US spy plane over the Black Sea.

"In order to identify the air target and prevent violations of the state border of the Russian Federation, a Su-27 fighter from the air defense forces of the Southern Military District on duty was lifted into the air," the report says.

In December, a Russian MiG-31 fighter jet took to the air as a United States Air Force reconnaissance plane approached the Russian border over the Bering Sea.

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, Russian control systems detected a target approaching the state border of the Russian Federation in the air over the neutral waters of the Bering Sea.

To prevent the violation of the state border, the MiG-31 was lifted into the air from the air defense duty of the Pacific Fleet forces. The target was identified as a USAF RC-135 strategic reconnaissance aircraft.

In September, the chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, General of the Army Valery Gerasimov, told reporters that recently, military activity of the United States and NATO has been recorded in 20-30 km from the Russian border. In this regard, the "thesis of increased aggressiveness on the part of Russia", replicated by the North Atlantic Alliance, "is false," he stressed.

As an example of the activity of NATO forces, Gerasimov pointed to the flights of foreign military aircraft and the presence of the alliance's naval forces in the Barents, Baltic and Black Seas.


Peter Nikolaev

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