“We’re ready 24/7,” on alert for these missions, Air Drive Gen. Terrence O’Shaughnessy mentioned.
“The Russian [IL-38] aircraft were intercepted in the Bering Sea, north of the Aleutian Islands, and did not enter United States or Canadian sovereign airspace,” NORAD mentioned in a press release.
The IL-38 is a long-range maritime reconnaissance plane used to hunt for American submarines.
The Russian planes flew inside 50 miles off the coast of Alaska, Gen. O’Shaughnessy mentioned.
“Our crews are ready,” the final added. “We are always ready to defend our great country.”
Requested by Fox & Mates host Brian Kilmeade why the Russians would fly a mission so near america through the novel coronavirus outbreak, O’Shaughnessy replied, “They wanted to see if we are able to react.”
Three weeks in the past, the Russians flew an identical mission close to Alaska whereas the Navy was conducting an arctic coaching mission with two submarines.
The U.S. army routinely flies reconnaissance plane, fighter jets and bombers close to Russia as properly usually within the Black and Baltic Seas.