US Air Force stealth fighter jets intercept 2 Russian nuclear-capable bombers off Alaska coast
14 May, 2018, 04:13
The long-range Tu-95 "Bear" bombers were "intercepted and visually identified" yesterday morning by a pair of Alaska-based NORAD F-22 Raptors as the Russian aircraft flew in the Air Defense Identification Zone, north of the Aleutian Islands, said Canadian Army Major Andrew Hennessy, of NORAD public affairs.
The bombers did not enter North American sovereign airspace, he said in a statement.
The US fighter jets did not get closer than 100 meters to the Russian bombers, the Russian Defense Ministry was quoted as saying on Saturday by the RIA news agency.
A clash of some sort occurred off the coast of Alaska when two US fighter jets intercepted two Russian bombers in its global airspace. Intercepts in the zone occurred about 60 times from 2007 to 2017, The New York Times reported past year.
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