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Defence

US and Canadian fighter jets scramble to escort Russian ‘Blackjack’ bombers in Arctic

  • There were no reports of conflict between the Russian and the US and Canadian jets
PUBLISHED : Sunday, 27 January, 2019, 5:42pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 27 January, 2019, 5:42pm

US Air Force and Canadian fighter jets were scrambled to escort two Russian bombers that were travelling in the Artic region near the North American coastline.

The North American Aerospace Defence Command said two F-22 and two CF-18 fighter jets identified two Russian Tu-160 Blackjack strategic bombers that were entering an area patrolled by the Royal Canadian Air Force on Saturday.

There were no reports of conflict between the Russian and the US and Canadian jets.

NORAD said it uses radar, satellites and fighter aircraft to patrol the skies and monitor aircraft entering US or Canadian airspace.

“NORAD’s top priority is defending Canada and the United States. Our ability to protect our nations starts with successfully detecting, tracking, and positively identifying aircraft of interest approaching US and Canadian airspace,” General Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, the NORAD commander, said in a statement.