Russian military aircraft activity around Alaska is at its highest level since the end of the Soviet Union, and is stretching the U.S. units responding to them, a top U.S. military official has said. The comments by Air Force Lt. Gen. David Krumm, who serves as Commander, Alaskan Command, come amid heightened tensions between Russia and the U.S. as both countries engage in tit-for-tat aircraft escorts around each other’s airspaces. “We have certainly seen an increase in Russian activity,” Krumm told a virtual Air Force Association event on Wednesday, “we intercepted over 60 aircraft last year … We monitor more than that.” He said that “the highest activity we’ve had since the fall of the Soviet Union occurred last year,” adding that “we’ve intercepted more airplanes in and around the Alaska Air Defense Identification Zone than in a really, really long time.” The zone covers 200 nautical miles in international airspace and the 60 intercepts is six times higher than the 10 Russian incursions that were made in 2015, according to the Air Force Times. Krumm said that the U.S. typically deploys F-22 fighter jets, E-3 early warning and control aircraft, and KC-135 tankers in the maneuvers and that Russian… Read full this story
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