Published: Sat, May 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

Russian bombers intercepted off U.S. coast

Russian bombers intercepted off U.S. coast

Northern Command chief was reported in Washington Free Beacon as saying that at approximately 10 a.m. eastern time, two Alaskan-based NORAD F-22 fighters intercepted and visually identified two Russian TU-95 "Bear" long-range bomber aircraft flying in the Air Defense Identification Zone off the western coast of Alaska, north of the Aleutian Islands.

Russia's state-run news agency TASS said the U.S. jets did not come within "100 metres" of the Russian aircraft.

Two separate protection officers reached by Fox Information stated the Russian bombers got here inside 55 miles of Alaska's west coast. The officials requested anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss that portion of the intercept.

The statement said the Russian jets were "intercepted and monitored" but never entered U.S. airspace.


According to authorities, the interception occurred in global airspace near the West coast of Alaska North of the Aleutian Islands.

The strategy by the 2 Tupolev Tu-95 Russian "Bear" plane marked the primary time in simply over a 12 months that Russian bombers had flown that near USA territory.

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. In January, a Russian 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.

This writes CNN referring to the command of the aerospace defense of North America.

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