Air Force intercepting record number of Russian aircraft, says Alaska-based lieutenant
A United States Air Force F-22 Raptor fighter jet performs an aerial display during the Singapore Airshow media preview on February 9, 2020 in Singapore. - Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images AsiaPac/TNS

U.S. jets are intercepting more Russian aircraft than ever off the West Coast, says one Alaskan-based military official. “We have certainly seen an increase in Russian activity,” according to Lt. Gen. David Krumm. “We intercepted over 60 aircraft last year ... We monitor more than that.” A report in Air Force Times says that number marks the most action that’s been recorded in the Alaska Air Defense Identification Zone since the demise of the Soviet Union nearly 30 years ago. That zone covers 200 nautical miles expanding into international airspace. The Anchorage Daily News wrote in 2015 that ...