For the fourth time in as many days, Russian military planes have flown too close to the U.S. for comfort.
Each night this week starting Monday, the Russian military has sent planes flying towards Alaska.
The planes have remained in international airspace for the length of their journeys, but have gotten as close as 36 nautical miles off the Alaskan mainland.
While military officials don’t seem too concerned about the Russian fly bys, the mysterious missions raise questions because the Russians haven’t flown this close to Alaska in two years.
The first incident happened Monday night, when two nuclear-capabe Tu-95 Bear bombers were intercepted by American F-22 fighter jets about 100 miles off the coast of Kodiak Island.
The following night, a pair of the same kind of bombers flew towards Alaska, staying north of the Aleutian Islands.
The U.S. Air Force didn’t sent any fighter jets to follow the planes this time, instead sending a surveillance plane to make sure the larger bombers weren’t hiding any stealth planes flying underneath them.
The Air Force also decided against scrambling fighter jets on Wednesday, when the Russians sent a pair of Ilyushin IL-38s spy planes near the Aleutian Islands. It’s unclear how far those spy planes got before turning back.
Last night, the Russians sent out two long-range bombers again, and this time the Canadians joined in, sending fighter jets out with the Americans to intercept the Russian bombers about 700 miles southeast of Anchorage.
According to a U.S. official, there is “no other way to interpret this other than as strategic messaging.”
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