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US Fighter Jets Intercept Russian Bombers Off Alaska Coast

12 May, 2018, 23:11 | Author: Ted Wilson
  • US Air Force stealth fighter jets intercept 2 Russian nuclear-capable bombers off Alaska coast

The approach by the two Tupolev Tu-95 Russian "Bear" aircraft marked the first time in just over a year that Russian bombers had flown that close to USA territory.

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.

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

Russian bombers entered identification zone air defense of the United States US Fighters intercepted Russian military airplanes near the Western coast of Alaska. The officers requested anonymity as a result of they weren't approved to debate that portion of the intercept.

A pair of US Air Force stealth fighter jets have intercepted two Russian nuclear-capable bombers in worldwide airspace off the coast of Alaska, a spokesman for the North American Aeorospace Defence Command (NORAD) said.

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Accompanied by MiG-31 and Su-35 fighters, the Russian jets flew over the neutral waters of the Arctic Ocean, the Bering Sea and the Sea of Okhotsk and conducted re-fueling in the air, the ministry's spokesman Igor Konashenkov said.

The intercept was first reported by the Washington Free Beacon.

The incident marks the latest in a series of encounters between Russian and American jets.

That much information was revealed in a statement issued to CNN by North American Aerospace Defense Command spokesman Canadian Army Major Andrew Hennessey.

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