Weekend Reads: US intercepts Russian bombers, fighter jets off the coast of Alaska - PressFrom - Canada
  •   
  •   
  •   

Weekend ReadsUS intercepts Russian bombers, fighter jets off the coast of Alaska

23:30  21 may  2019
23:30  21 may  2019 Source:   cnn.com

What should the Jets do about Tyler Myers?

What should the Jets do about Tyler Myers? The Winnipeg Jets have a mess developing on defence and Myers is part of it. Is Tyler Myers’ departure from Winnipeg a guarantee? A lot of us assumed so, but this may depend on if the Jets trade Jacob Trouba, and, if so, what comes back in return. (The betting line is Trouba does get dealt, but we’ve all lost wagers before.) It’s hard to see GM Kevin Cheveldayoff losing both without acceptable cover. It will be challenging for the Jets to match what Myers can get in free agency, but he’s spoken very highly of the organization and it wouldn’t be a stunner if he tried to make it work.

US intercepts Russian bombers, fighter jets off the coast of Alaska© NORAD Command NORAD fighters intercepted Russian bombers and fighters entering Alaskan ADIZ May 20.

US F-22 stealth jets intercepted four Russian bombers and two Russian Su-35 fighter jets off the coast of Alaska on Monday, according to a statement from North American Aerospace Defense Command.

The Russian nuclear capable long-range bombers flew into the Air Defense Identification Zone, which extends approximately 200 miles off Alaska's western coast.

The Russian bomber flights are seen by US military officials as part of Moscow's effort to train its military for a potential crisis while simultaneously sending a message of strength to adversaries.

Global Affairs says one Canadian among four killed in floatplane crash in Alaska

Global Affairs says one Canadian among four killed in floatplane crash in Alaska Global Affairs says one Canadian among four killed in floatplane crash in Alaska

This latest intercept comes amid tensions with Russia on a wide range of geopolitical issues and a week after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Russian Vladimir Putin in the resort town of Sochi where he warned Russia about interfering in US elections, taking a tougher public line than President Donald Trump on the issue.

US F-22s fighter jets and an E-3 Airborne Early Warning and Control System from North American Aerospace Defense Command "positively identified and intercepted a total of four Tupolev Tu-95 bombers and two Su-35 fighters entering the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) on May 20," NORAD said in a statement.

"Two of the Russian bombers were intercepted by two F-22s, and a second group of bombers with Su-35 fighters was intercepted later by two additional F-22s, while the E-3 provided overall surveillance," NORAD said, adding that "the Russian bombers and fighters remained in international airspace and at no time did the aircraft enter United States or Canadian sovereign airspace."

B.C. woman killed in Alaska float plane crash along with U.S. husband, friends and family say

B.C. woman killed in Alaska float plane crash along with U.S. husband, friends and family say Elsa and Ryan Wilk were among the six people killed after two floatplanes carrying cruise ship tourists collided near Ketchikan.

READ: Pompeo claims Russia stopped Maduro leaving Venezuela for Cuba

The Russian Ministry of Defense confirmed the incident in a tweet Tuesday, saying the Tu-95 bombers "made scheduled sorties over the neutral waters of the Chukotka, Bering and Okhotsk seas, as well as along the western coast of Alaska and the northern coast of the Aleutian Islands."

"At certain stages of the route, Russian aircraft were escorted by #F22 fighter jets of the #USAF. The total flight time exceeded 12 hours," the ministry added.

"NORAD's top priority is defending Canada and the United States. Our ability to deter and defeat threats to our citizens, vital infrastructure, and national institutions starts with successfully detecting, tracking, and positively identifying aircraft of interest approaching U.S. and Canadian airspace," Gen. Terrence J. O'Shaughnessy, the commander of NORAD, said in a statement.

‘Wow, what is that?’ Navy pilots report unexplained flying objects

‘Wow, what is that?’ Navy pilots report unexplained flying objects ‘Wow, what is that?’ Navy pilots report unexplained flying objects

"Patrols by Russian military aircraft off the coasts of the United States and Canada have grown increasingly complex in recent years," O'Shaughnessy said in written testimony submitted to Congress earlier this month.

He wrote that the bomber patrols were a "highly visible" message intended "to underscore Russia's capabilities" and develop "a new generation of air crews," adding that "NORAD fighter aircraft routinely intercept Russian military aviation missions inside the US and Canadian Air Defense Identification Zones, and there is no indication that Russian leadership intends to reduce the number of these missions in the near future."

In January, a US E-3 aircraft, two F-22 fighter jets and two Canadian CF-18 fighter jets similarly "positively identified" two Russian Tu-160 Blackjack strategic bombers entering the Canadian Air Defense Identification Zone.

NORAD is tasked with patrolling US and Canadian airspace and air defense identification zones.

'They were great guys': Colleague remembers 2 Alaska men killed in Whitehorse plane crash.
Charles Benson and Jeffrey Babcock died Monday when the small plane they were in went down while taking off from Whitehorse.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

usr: 4
This is interesting!