Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Russian Federation bombers off Alaska intercepted by U.S. fighter jets

Russian Federation bombers off Alaska intercepted by U.S. fighter jets

Air Force F-22 Raptors intercepted a pair of Russian bombers and their fighter escorts this week near Alaska, according to North American Aerospace Defense Command.

They were intercepted by a pair of Air Force F-22 stealth fighter jets, according to a statement by the North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD).

The Russian aircraft did not enter USA or Canadian air space.

Such intercepts have happened about 60 times between 2007 and 2017, The New York Times reported past year.

NORAD, however, released a photo of an F-22 flying close to one of the Russian bombers.

The Navy's major ballistic missile submarine base is located at Bangor, Washington.

Tuesday's incident, which came as Russia and China kicked off massive war games in eastern Russia, marks the second time in a month U.S. fighters have intercepted Russian bombers near Alaska.

The Russian TU-95 bombers, which were accompanied by two Russian fighter jet escorts, turned away before entering US airspace, according to the statement, which was obtained by CNN.

The aircraft were "intercepted and monitored" by the USA jets until they left the zone, heading west.

Terrance O'Shaughnessy says radar, satellites and fighter jets are used to identify aircraft and determine appropriate responses.

The bombers were intercepted west of mainland Alaska and were accompanied by two Russian Su-35 "flanker" fighter jets.

Tuesday's incident comes just a week after a similar interception of Russian bombers south of the Aleutian Islands.

Russian Federation is now conducting a large-scale military exercise in the country's east, which Moscow has called the largest drill since before the end of the Soviet Union.

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