U.S. fighter jets intercept Russian bombers off Alaska

A pair of USA fighter jets intercepted two TU-95 bombers, similar to the one pictured here, Friday morning off the Alaskan coast.

Two Alaska-based NORAD F-22 fighter jets intercepted and visually identified the Russian bombers until they left the identification zone and the Russian aircraft never entered USA airspace, CNN reported, citing the statement.

The bombers entered a USA air-defense identification zone (ADIZ), defined as airspace extending approximately 200 miles from the nation's coastline, though mainly composed of worldwide airspace.

The U.S. F-22 stealth fighter jets monitored the Cold War-era Russian bombers, which never entered sovereign North American airspace, Canadian Army Maj.

Earlier this month, a Russian fighter jet buzzed a U.S. Navy reconnaissance aircraft within the Baltic Sea.

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He added that the United States jets monitored the Russians until the propellor-driven bombers left the Identification Zone along the Aleutians heading west. Intercepts in the zone occurred about 60 times from 2007 to 2017, The New York Times reported a year ago.

F-22 fighters, stationed in Alaska, visibly inhibited and recognized the Russian bombers until they left the recognition zone. The Russian Sukhoi Su-27 jet came within 20 feet of the American P-8 Poseidon in worldwide airspace.

Russia regularly tests the patience and nerve of its rivals by flying near or through enemy airspace and it is just the latest examples of belligerent Russian activity in recent weeks.

There have also been encounters in European airspace between Russian warplanes and military aircraft of members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance.

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