USA intercepts Russian bombers off Alaska's coast

USA intercepts Russian bombers off Alaska's coast

Two Russian fighter jets accompanied the bombers, CNN reported.

The Russian bombers reportedly came within 55 miles of Alaska's west coast, north of the Aleutian Islands, but remained in worldwide airspace.

United States fighter jets intercepted two long-range Russian "Bear" bombers in global airspace off western Alaska, the North American Aerospace Defense Command said 12 May.

The US Northern Command reportedly said that Russian nuclear forces dispatched the two strategic bombers Tu-95 Bear bombers into the 200-mile Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) over the Bering Sea near the Alaska coast.

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The U.S. F-22 fighters escorted the Russian aircraft for 40 minutes and kept a distance of over 100 meters, he said in a statement. Information publication The Washington Free Beacon has published information about what Russian bombers model Tu-95 in the area under the control of NORAD, which took the complete identification of aircraft.

Friday's incident comes just over a month after a U.S. Navy P-8 surveillance plane was intercepted in an "unprofessional" manner by a Russian Su-27 fighter jet over the Baltic Sea in early March.

Earlier, on 29 January, the US Navy released video of a Russian Su-27 intercepting a US EP-3 Aries surveillance plane in worldwide airspace over the Black Sea.

NATO naval officials in late 2017 also reported Russian submarines probing underseas data cables in the North Atlantic. At no time did the bombers enter North American sovereign airspace.

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