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. These are the same Russian bombers that have been probing our-and other nation's-national air defense since at least early 2017.
Air Force F-22 stealth fighter jets intercepted two Russian nuclear-capable bombers Friday morning off the coast of Alaska, a spokesman for NORAD (North American Aeorospace Defense Command) told Fox News.
Miller declined to say how close the bombers came to US land. At no time did the bombers enter North American sovereign airspace, said the NORAD spokesman, Canadian Army Maj.
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They said the bombers were escorted by fighter jets and a reconnaissance jet that also acts as an anti-submarine platform.
According to North American Aerospace Defense Command, US F-22 stealth fighters in global airspace intercepted two Russia's TU-95 "Bear" bombers near Alaska on Friday, as CNN reports. Intercepts in the zone occurred about 60 times from 2007 to 2017, The New York Times reported previous year.
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 Sukhoi Su-27 jet got here inside 20 ft of the American P-Eight in worldwide airspace. It is also reported that the Russian planes did not cross the air border of the US and Canada, and their flight did not violate global agreements.