Russia is testing whether the U.S. military has developed any weaknesses during the novel coronavirus crisis, sparking three run-ins with Russian planes over a two-month period.
USAF F-22 Raptor fighters intercepted two Russian maritime patrol planes earlier this month approximately 50 miles from Alaska's Aleutian Islands. About a month earlier, a pair of Russian reconnaissance aircraft were intercepted by U.S. and Canadian jets 50 miles from the state's coast over the Beaufort Sea.
That was the second time in days Russian aircraft were spotted in the region. A Russian plane, flying inverted at high speed, also flew within 25 feet of a Navy P-8A Poseidon reconnaissance aircraft last week, putting the Navy crew at risk.
Disagreement or fight.
A preliminary survey to gain information, especially an exploratory military survey of enemy territory.
SEALs conducted special reconnaissance with small units of highly trained military personnel.