According to a Fox News report, nuclear capable Russian bombers flew near the coast of Alaska for the second day in a row on Tuesday. The 2 Russian long-range bombers came within thirty six miles of US territory whilst flying North of the Aleutian Islands.
The nuclear capable Tu-95H Russian bombers were discovered by the US military at around 5 PM local time. A similar incident happened on Monday night, but this time (Tuesday night) the US air force did not scramble fighter jets in order to intercept/escort the Russian aircraft.
However, an E-3 Sentry early warning plane, also known as AWACS was launched, for making sure there were just the 2 Russian nuclear-capable bombers flying close to American territory. The United States territorial waters continue twelve nautical miles from shore, while the Russian aircraft flew within one hundred miles of Alaska.
The nuclear capable bombers departed their Petropavlosk airbase in Russia and after buzzing US mainland from a safe distance, they returned home 5 hours later to another airbase, this time in Anadyr. Both Russian airbases are located in Eastern Russia, approximately one thousand miles away.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s visit in Russia from last week signaled a historic low in terms of diplomatic relations between the 2 world military superpowers. While Rex Tillerson visited Moscow and discussed with Sergey Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister, three Russian bombers flew very close to Japan’s east coast whilst another Russian plane traversed the west coast of Japan, forcing the country’s military to scramble fourteen fighter jets at different times to intercept them.
Prior to Monday’s Russian bombers flying near Alaska, the last time the ruskies poked at US’ airspace was back in 2015, on 4th of July, when a couple of nuclear capable Russian bombers came as close as 40 miles to Mendocino, California. While the Russian bombers were cruising the Sunshine State, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin called Barack Obama to wish him a happy Independence Day, showing that the Russians have a sense of humor after all.