Sunday, 20 May, 2018

Tension as U.S. fighter jets intercept Russian bombers

Two F-22 fighter jets from the 3rd Wing at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Alaska conduct approach training in this U.S. Air Force US Air Force stealth fighter jets intercept 2 Russian nuclear-capable bombers off Alaska coast
Ray Hunter | 13 May, 2018, 01:02

It is reported that the USA air force have intercepted the Russian Tu-95 bombers, which were in the zone of identification of air defense.

According to CNN reports, USA military confirmed the escort in a statement, saying two Alaska-based F-22 fighters "intercepted and visually identified the Russian bombers".

Miller said that the Russian aircraft were seen near the coast of Alaska in the West of the American state, however, long-range bombers did not violate the established territorial agreements, in airspace over global waters.

The Cold War-era Russian bombers, which date to the 1950s, were intercepted by U.S. Air Force F-22 stealth fighter jets about 10 a.m. EDT.

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The F-22s escorted the Russian bombers until they left the ADIZ along the Aleutian Islands, heading west.

The Washington Free Beacon, a conservative news website, first reported the intercept.

The last such intercept of Russian aircraft by U.S. jets took place May 3, 2017. Navy reconnaissance plane in the Baltic Sea. In January, a Russian Russian Su-27 came within 1.5 meters of a U.S. Navy surveillance plane while it was flying in worldwide airspace over the Black Sea.

NATO naval officials in late 2017 also reported Russian submarines probing underseas data cables in the North Atlantic. 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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