F-16 Of The 18th Fighter Interceptor Squadron Escorts Russian Tu-95, Su-35 and Su-30 Off Alaska | Aviation

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The F-16 that carried out the intercept. In the insets, the Su-35S and the Su-30SM (Image via RIA Novosti)

A video taken from inside one of the Tu-95MS bombers shows one of the F-16s of the 18th FIS (sporting an Aggressor paint scheme) escorting the Bear bomber while chased by a Su-35S and Su-30SM.

On May 2, 2024, four Russian military aircraft flew inside the Alaska ADIZ (Air Defense Indentification Zone) and were intercepted by the U.S. Air Force.

“The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) detected and tracked four Russian military aircraft operating in the Alaska Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) on May 2, 2024,” says a press release by NORAD.

“The Russian aircraft remained in international airspace and did not enter American or Canadian sovereign airspace. This Russian activity in the Alaska ADIZ occurs regularly and is not seen as a threat,” the release added.

While no additional details about the intercept were provided by NORAD, we know that the Russian bombers were escorted by at least an Su-35S and an Su-30SM during their mission thanks to a video filmed aboard one of the Tu-95MS and posted online by the Russian state-owned domestic news agency RIA Novosti.

According to the Russian MOD, the two Tu-95MS flew an 11-hour mission over the neutral waters of the Bering Sea near the western coast of Alaska, escorted by armed Flanker fighters…

Source theaviationist.com

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