U.S. fighter jets intercept Russian bombers in int'l airspace off Alaska

Geneva Stokes
May 12, 2018

The two TU-95 "Bear" bombers were flying to the Air Defense Identification Zone, about 322 km off the Alaska West Coast, about 10 am (local time), according to a statement in the CNN of Major Canadian Army representative (NAADC), Andrew Hennessy, of the Canadian Army.

A pair of Russian bombers were intercepted by two USA stealth fighters off the coast of Alaska on Friday, officials said.

Encounters between Russian warplanes and US fighter planes have become more frequent in recent years, as Russia seeks to make a display of its military strength.

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The statement said the Russian jets were "intercepted and monitored" but never entered United States airspace.

"At some section of the route the aircraft operated by the Russian Aerospace Forces that were carrying out a patrol flight were escorted by two F-22 jets of the US Air Force for 40 minutes, which did not approach them closer than 100 meters". Navy reconnaissance plane in the Baltic Sea. Separately, Saturday marked the 60th anniversary of the founding of NORAD, the command that monitors all air activity emanating from within and outside North American airspace. The Russian Sukhoi Su-27 jet got here inside 20 ft of the American P-Eight in worldwide airspace.

CNN reports U.S. F-22s intercepted Russian bombers in a similar incident near Alaska in May 2017.

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