During the present conditions of heightened tensions between the United States and Russia, there seems to be some gamesmanship going on with the Russian Air Force. Information is being released that there were at least sixteen instances over the past ten days in which Russian strategic nuclear bombers conducted operations which violated American airspace.
The incursions occurred in northwestern U.S. air defense-identification zones and are characterized as an unusually high number of incidents by U.S. defenseÂ officials.
The aircraft involved were Tu-95 Russian Bear H bombers as well as a second reconnaissance jet in one instance near Alaska.
Maj Beth Smith, spokesperson for US Northern Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command NORAD reported, â€œOver the past week, NORAD has visually identified RussianÂ aircraftÂ operating in and around the US air defense identification zones.â€
While she noted the â€œspike in activity,â€ she characterized the flights as routine training missions and exercises, although routine missions donâ€™t generally violate our airspace.
An anonymous source disagreed, telling the Washington Free Beaconâ€™s BillÂ GertzÂ that â€œThese are not just training missions.â€ He indicated that the Russians appear to be â€œtrying to test our air defense reactions, or our command and control systems.â€
NORAD scrambled fighters in response to the incursions, which occurred into Alaskan space covering the Aleutian Islands, part of the continental part of Alaska, as well as one incursion into Canadaâ€™s air defense zone.
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