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US F-22 fighter jets intercept Russian bombers near Alaska (cnn.io)
7 points by LinuxBender 3 months ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 13 comments



Is there more to this story because ...

"A US official previously told CNN that the military sees these flights as routine and said they pose no concern."


That's pretty much all there is to it. You'll read this story about Russian bombers being spotted near Alaska every few months. I'm not sure we scramble fighter jets every time they do.

In other words: it's nothing to worry about. At least not in the short term.


> I'm not sure we scramble fighter jets every time they do.

I thought they did, since scrambling the jets demonstrates to the Russians that the US's air defense network is tight. It also helps keep the pilots from getting lax. The Russians do the same thing with the US files near their airspace.


They expect to be intercepted. It's the time of response that is being tested.


It's pretty much a given that they'll be intercepted before they reach legal Alaskan airspace, and a dead certainty that they would never manage to reach the contiguous United States.

However, I've been told by people in a position to know that the actual game is to attempt to intercept the Russian planes before they get within cruise missile range of Anchorage.

The USAF doesn't always manage to do that.


Neat! (and scary) thanks for sharing.


> I'm not sure we scramble fighter jets every time they do.

They do.


More precisely this is routine testing of the opponent's readiness.


They scrambled jets probably because they saw 2 Su-35's flanking the bombers which is unusual.


FLANKERs flanking!

ASCC reporting names had occasional triumphs like that but often they were blocked and had to pick more mundane names. The original Tu-22 was BEAUTY but became BLINDER to sound less appreciative. MIG-15 went from FALCON to FAGOT likewise.


"A US official previously told CNN that the military sees these flights as routine and said they pose no concern."


Russian bomber runs near Alaska have been ongoing since the Cold War


True enough. The number of incidents went way down during the period between the fall of the Soviet Union and the rise of Putin, though.

Since Putin has been in power, the number of incidents has jumped back up to near Cold War levels.




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