The Russian Tu-95 Bear H bombers were intercepted in the Alaskan & Canadian Air Defense Identification Zones, but did not enter Canadian or American airspace.
Canada & the U.S. scrambled fighters to intercept two Russian Tu-95 Bear H bombers.
The Russian bombers had entered an area called the Alaskan & Canadian Air Defense Identification Zones, which extend 200 miles of Canadian and American territory.
However, the Russian bombers did not enter Canadian or American airspace.
Canada scrambled two CF-18s, while the U.S. scrambled two advanced F-22 fifth-generation fighters. An E-3 Sentry and KC-135 supported the fighters.
In a statement, NORAD discussed the interception:
“NORAD’s top priority is defending Canada and the United States. NORAD operators identified and intercepted the Russian aircraft flying near our nations. Whether responding to violators of restricted airspace domestically or identifying and intercepting foreign military aircraft, NORAD is on alert 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.”
Photo – U.S. Defence Department