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

Sergio Conner
September 13, 2018

The US Air Force said on Wednesday that two of their fighter jets intercepted two Russian bombers near Alaska.

NORAD added that the "Russian aircraft remained in worldwide airspace and at no time did the aircraft enter United States or Canadian airspace".

NORAD said the Russian bombers and fighter jets were intercepted "west of mainland Alaska" by the American fighter jets at 10 p.m. ET Tuesday, but did not give a more precise location.

In May, two defense officials told Fox News that two similar bombers came within 55 miles of the state's west coast.

NORAD, however, released a photo of an F-22 flying close to one of the Russian bombers. The previous intercept occurred on September 1. However, defense officials said the bombers in that flight were supported by aerial refueling tankers.

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

Air Force Gen. Terrence J. The bombers didn't enter Canadian or US airspace, NORAD said.

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

No other details of the intercept were disclosed.

The U.S. Air Force says two of its fighter jets have intercepted and monitored Russian bombers in worldwide air space west of mainland Alaska.

Russian bombers in the past have conducted mock missile attacks against US missile defenses in Alaska.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation released video of two Tu-95 "Bear" bombers and a pair of fighter jets taking off from an airbase in eastern Russia.

The drills involve almost 300,000 Russian troops along with 1,000 Russian aircraft, 36,000 tanks and other combat vehicles, the news agency said.

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