US Fighters have Intercepted Two Russian Strategic Bombers near Alaska

Arturo Kim
May 12, 2018

In a statement, North American Aerospace Defence Command spokesman said the Russian bombers flew into Air Defence Identification Zone, about two hundred miles off Alaska's west coast.

Russia's state-run news agency TASS said the U.S. jets did not come within "100 metres" of the Russian aircraft.

The Russian bombers reportedly came within 55 miles of Alaska's west coast, north of the Aleutian Islands, but remained in worldwide airspace. The officials requested anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss that portion of the intercept.

In January, another Russian fighter jet came within five feet of a US spy plane over the Black Sea.

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According to Andrew Hennessy's statement, Russia's aircraft were "intercepted and monitored by the F-22s until the bombers left the ADIZ along the Aleutian Island chain heading west", and did not enter the USA airspace.

It is reported that the U.S. air force have intercepted the Russian Tu-95 bombers, which were in the zone of identification of air defense. Navy reconnaissance plane in the Baltic Sea.

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

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