"The IL-38s remained in worldwide airspace and at no time did the aircraft enter the United States or Canadian sovereign airspace", it stated.
In its statement, NORAD also said the Russian Tu-142 aircraft came within 65 nautical miles south of the Alaskan Aleutian island chain and remained for almost eight hours, CNN reported. O'Shaughnessy, NORAD Commander. "Despite COVID-19, we remain fully ready and capable of conducting our no-fail mission of homeland defense".
NORAD stands for North American Aerospace Defense Command, a combined U.S.
The New York Times reported Friday that US intelligence concluded months ago a Russian military intelligence unit offered bounties to the Taliban to kill American troops operating in Afghanistan. On June 19, Russian Federation scrambled fighter jets to intercept two US B-52 bombers flying over the Sea of Okhotsk, off Russia's far eastern coast, the Interfax news agency reported.
The American planes were identified as a R-8A Poseidon patrol aircraft, an RC-135 strategic reconnaissance jet, and a KC-135 refueling plane.
NORAD's interception Saturday is the second time this week Russian planes entered Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone, the last time being Wednesday, the Hill reported.
No one was immediately available at the Pentagon or U.S. European Command for comment.