U.S. fighter jets intercept Russian bombers in Alaska

Charlene Craig
May 12, 2018

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.

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

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.

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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". The officers requested anonymity as a result of they weren't approved to debate that portion of the intercept.

The two Russian TU-95 "Bear" long-range bombers were intercepted and escorted out of the ADIZ - an airspace that extends about 200 miles from the coastline - by two NORAD F-22 fighter jets, NORAD spokesperson Canadian Army Major Andrew Hennessy said in the statement.

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.

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The F-22s monitored the Russian plane till the bombers left the ADIZ alongside the Aleutian Islands, heading west.

The intercept was first reported by the Washington Free Beacon.

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

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

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