US Fighter Jets Intercept Russian Bombers off Alaskan Coast

13 May, 2018, 01:05 | Author: Mable Gonzales
  • Two F-22 fighter jets from the 3rd Wing at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Alaska conduct approach training in this U.S. Air Force

American fighters intercepted and watching the Russian bombers until then, until they left the identification area.

Russian long-range combers got into the Air Defense Identification Zone which extends for around 200 miles from Alaska's western coast.

The announcement came after the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) reported that US F-22 stealth fighters had intercepted a pair of Russian Tu-95 strategic bombers in worldwide airspace off the coast of Alaska.

The bombers entered a USA air-defense identification zone (ADIZ), outlined as airspace extending roughly 200 miles from the nation's shoreline, although primarily composed of worldwide airspace.

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United States fighters have maintained a safety distance of 100 meters from Russian bombers, according to the Russian armed forces.

Russian bombers TU-95 and TU-142 were escorted by two F-22 fighter jets in worldwide airspace for 40 minutes, the RIA news agency cited the Russian Defense Ministry as saying on Saturday.

The U.S. F-22 stealth fighter jets monitored the Cold War-era Russian bombers, which never entered sovereign North American airspace, Canadian Army Maj. Navy reconnaissance plane in the Baltic Sea. The Russian Sukhoi Su-27 jet came within 20 feet of the American P-8 in worldwide airspace. The Russian bombers never entered U.S. airspace, the spokesman for the North American Aerospace Defense Command told CNN.

NATO naval officials in late 2017 also reported Russian submarines probing underseas data cables in the North Atlantic.

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