US Air Force jets intercept Russian bombers near Alaska

Two Russian bombers were intercepted by U.S. stealth fighters in worldwide airspace off the coast of Alaska on Friday. These are the same Russian bombers that have been probing our-and other nation's-national air defense since at least early 2017.

A pair of US Air Force stealth fighter jets have intercepted two Russian nuclear-capable bombers in worldwide airspace off the coast of Alaska, a spokesman for the North American Aeorospace Defence Command (NORAD) said.

Air Force F-22 stealth fighter jets intercepted two Russian nuclear-capable bombers Friday morning off the coast of Alaska, a spokesman for NORAD (North American Aeorospace Defense Command) told Fox News.

"NORAD continues to monitor all air activity emanating from within and outside North American airspace", Miller said.

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

Two US jets intercepted a pair of Russian bombers in global airspace off the coast of Alaska early Friday morning, according to a statement from NORAD. A similar incident occurred off Alaskan waters in April 2017 in what US officials have described as routine if not tense encounters between adversarial aircraft where territorial lines meet.

Two Russian fighter jets accompanied the bombers, CNN reported.

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

The intercept was first reported by the Washington Free Beacon.

It was not clear if the Russian air operation was an opportunity for real-world training or if it was in response to US and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military operations elsewhere. The latest bomber incursion reportedly seems to be part of a pattern of Russian nuclear coercion aimed at the United States.

  • Rogelio Becker