Russian bombers intercepted by USA fighter jets west of Alaska

Two Russian bombers were intercepted by American F-22 fighters off the coast of Alaska

Two US F-22 "Raptor" fighter jets intercepted two Russian TU-95 bombers on Tuesday, according to a statement released by North American Aerospace Defense Command.

The Russian jets never entered United States or Canadian airspace, NORAD said, but it didn't give a precise location as to how close they had come.

According to a statement from the North American Aerospace Defense Command, the two Tu-95 Bear bombers were escorted by two Su-35 Flanker fighters.

Such intercepts have happened about 60 times between 2007 and 2017, The New York Times reported a year ago.

NORAD, however, released a photo of an F-22 flying close to one of the Russian bombers. However, during that earlier intercept, the Russian Tu-95s were not escorted by Russian fighter jets.

The Navy's major ballistic missile submarine base is located at Bangor, Washington. O'Shaughnesy, NORAD commander, said the latest bomber incident highlights the need for continued air defense vigilance.


The aircraft were "intercepted and monitored" by the US jets until they left the zone, heading west.

"NORAD employs a layered defense network of radars, satellites, as well as fighters to identify aircraft and determine the appropriate response", he added.

Russian bombers in the past have conducted mock missile attacks against USA missile defenses in Alaska.

The Russian TU-95 bombers, which were accompanied by two Russian fighter jet escorts, turned away before entering USA airspace, according to the statement, which was obtained by CNN.

The maneuvers come as Russian forces participate in what The Associated Press reported is the nation's largest-ever military exercise.

The drills involve almost 300,000 Russian troops along with 1,000 Russian aircraft, 36,000 tanks and other combat vehicles, the news agency said.

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