The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) reported that F-22 fighters of the US air force, supported by KC-135 Stratotankers, “intercepted” two Russian Il-38 anti-submarine aircraft in the area of Alaska.

It is reported that the Russian planes remained in international airspace.
“For the fifth time in a month, NORAD demonstrated its readiness and ability to defend the homeland by intercepting Russian military aircraft that entered our Alaskan air defense identification zone,” NORAD commander General Terrence O’Shaughnessy said on Twitter.

Russian and American strategic bombers regularly fly near the borders of the United States and Russia, without entering each other’s airspace. In turn, the fighters of the two countries make so-called “interceptions” of bombers. As a rule, such flights pass without incident and are standard practice for the United States and Russia.