USA fighter jets intercept Russian bombers in Alaska

They said the bombers were escorted by fighter jets and a reconnaissance jet that also acts as an anti-submarine platform.

The Chilly Conflict-era Russian bombers, which date to the 1950s, have been intercepted by U.S. Air Drive F-22 stealth fighter jets round 10 a.m. EDT.

The announcement came after the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) reported that US F-22 stealth fighters had intercepted a pair of Russian Tu-95 strategic bombers in global airspace off the coast of Alaska.

"At no time did the Russian bombers enter North American sovereign airspace", Hennessy said in a statement to AFP.

The U.S. jets on Friday did not get closer then 100 meters to the Russian ones, according to Reuters.

A clash of some sort occurred off the coast of Alaska when two USA fighter jets intercepted two Russian bombers in its worldwide airspace.

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According to CBS News, the Russian bombers entered an air defence identification zone about 200 miles west of Alaska.

The intercept was first reported by the Washington Free Beacon.

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.

Miller said the Russian bombers, decades-old aircraft classified by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation as the "Bear", were flying in accordance with worldwide norms.

There have also been encounters in European airspace between Russian warplanes and military aircraft of members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance.

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.

  • Adam Floyd