United States jets intercept Russian bombers off Alaska

Hannah Rogers
May 13, 2018

Russian Tupolev Tu-95 turboprop-powered strategic bombers fly above the Kremlin during a rehearsal for the Victory Day military parade in Moscow on May 4, 2018.

The approach by the two Tupolev Tu-95 Russian "Bear" aircraft marked the first time in just over a year that Russian bombers had flown that close to US territory.

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

The Russian bombers reportedly came within 55 miles of Alaska's west coast, north of the Aleutian Islands, but remained in global airspace.

The jets never entered US airspace, according to the report, and turned back after passing the Aleutian Islands.

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After intercepting American planes watched the Tu-95 until they left identification zone in the Western direction.

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

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

Encounters between Russian warplanes and US fighter planes have become more frequent in recent years, as Russia seeks to make a display of its military strength. The Russian Sukhoi Su-27 jet came within 20 feet of the American P-8 in worldwide airspace.

Lucas Tomlinson is the Pentagon and State Division producer for Fox Information Channel.

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