United States intercepts Russian bombers off Alaska's coast

United States intercepts Russian bombers off Alaska's coast

United States intercepts Russian bombers off Alaska's coast

Two US fighter jets intercept yesterday two Russian bombers flying in an global airspace, off the coast of Alaska.

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

Air Force F-22 stealth fighter jets intercepted two Russian nuclear-capable bombers Friday morning off the coast of Alaska, a spokesman for NORAD (North American Aeorospace Defense Command) told Fox News.

Around 10 a.m. ET, two Alaska-based NORAD F-22 fighters intercepted and identified the Russian bombers, spokesperson Canadian Army Maj.

At no time during the incident did the Russian bombers enter North American sovereign airspace, Hennessy said.

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

The aircraft were intercepted and monitored until they left the airspace near the Aleutian Islands. The Russian Sukhoi Su-27 jet came within 20 feet of the American P-8 in global airspace.

That incident, in which Russian aircraft came within 20 feet of the Navy surveillance plane, was criticized by a U.S. Navy spokeswoman lat month.

The jets never entered US airspace, according to the report, and turned back after passing the Aleutian Islands.

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