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NORAD F-22s intercept 4 Russian spy planes off Alaskan coast

NORAD F-22s intercept 4 Russian spy planes off Alaskan coast

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June 27 (UPI) -- North American Aerospace Defense Command aircraft intercepted four Russian Tu-142 spy planes entering the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone on Saturday. According to NORAD, U.S. F-22s, with assistance from KC-135 air refuelers and E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System, intercepted the Tu-142s, which came within 65 nautical miles of the Aleutian island chain off the coast of Alaska and "loitered in the ADIZ for nearly 8 hours." Advertisement The planes remained in international airspace and did not fly into U.S. or Canadian airspace. The interception marks the second incidence of a Russian aircraft near the U.S. border this week and the 10th this year, with multiple incidents taking place this month near the coast of Alaska. On Wednesday NORAD F-22s intercepted two...