F-22s Intercept 2 Russian Bombers Off Alaska Coast

Air Force intercepts 2 Russian bombers off Alaska coast

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Two Russian TU-95 "Bear" bombers were intercepted by US F-22 stealth fighters in worldwide airspace off the coast of Alaska on Friday, according to North American Aerospace Defense Command.

Russian nuclear forces dispatch two strategic bombers into the air defense zone near Alaska on Friday and the aircraft were intercepted by American F-22 jets, the U.S. Northern Command said.

Two US fighter jets have intercepted two Russian bombers in global airspace off the coast of Alaska.

The bombers were "intercepted and monitored by the F-22s until the bombers left the ADIZ along the Aleutian Island chain heading west".

Miller declined to say how close the bombers came to US land.

United States F-22's intercepted two Russian Tu-95 Bear bombers near Alaska on Friday.

The intercept was first reported by the Washington Free Beacon.

In January, a Russian Su-27 came within 1.5 meters of a U.S. Navy surveillance plane while it was flying in global airspace over the Black Sea.

Russia regularly tests the patience and nerve of its rivals by flying near or through enemy airspace and it is just the latest examples of belligerent Russian activity in recent weeks.

Encounters between Russian and U.S.as well as North Atlantic Treaty Organisation warplanes have increased as Moscow has demonstrated its resurgent military might.

The Russian bombers, which are nuclear capable, did not enter sovereign USA or Canadian airspace, he added.

Friday's incident was relatively routine, but more aggressive maneuvers have anxious defense officials and diplomats who said the encounters may eventually cause collisions or miscalculations that lead to a shoot-down.

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