The Hill reports: Russian aircraft on Friday reportedly flew near Alaska for the fourth time in four days. Two TU-95 “Bear” long-range bombers flew within the U.S. Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) about 700 nautical miles southwest of Anchorage, though they remained in international airspace, CNN reported.
It was not clear if the U.S. scrambled jets to intercept the aircraft. While such flights are not out of the ordinary, the episode signals a major uptick in the frequency at which Russian aircraft are flying near the U.S.
On Tuesday, the two Russian TU-95 Bear bombers once again flew into the Alaskan Air Defense and Identification Zone, according to two US defense officials. The closest the bombers came was 36 nautical miles off the mainland Alaskan coast, and they flew 745 nautical miles southwest of Anchorage.