US Air Force jets intercept Russian bombers near Alaska

Frederick Owens
May 13, 2018

In April 2017, NORAD and the Pentagon said Tu-95 "Bear" bombers - four-engine Cold War-era turboprop giants that can carry nuclear weapons - were spotted in global airspace on three occasions - twice near the Aleutians and once near mainland Alaska and Canada.

Scott Miller, representing the North American Command aerospace forces (NORAD), said that identifying and subsequent interception of bombers model Tu-95 is necessitated by the occurrence aircraft in the area of responsibility of NORAD.

Two separate protection officers reached by Fox Information stated the Russian bombers got here inside 55 miles of Alaska's west coast. The officials requested anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss that portion of the intercept.

The Russian aircraft were monitored by the F-22s until the bombers left the ADIZ along the Aleutian Islands.

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The Washington Free Beacon, a conservative news website, first reported the intercept. Andrew Hennessy said in a statement.

Earlier, on January 29, the US Navy released video of a Russian Su-27 intercepting a US EP-3 Aries surveillance plane in global airspace over the Black Sea.

"All flights are carried out in strict accordance with the global rules for the use of airspace, without violating the borders of other countries", he added.

Earlier this month, a Russian Sukhoi Su-27 fighter jet flew within 6m of a US P-8 surveillance aircraft over the Baltic Sea - a minuscule distance considering the aircraft move at hundreds of miles an hour - in an incident the USA military called safe but unprofessional.

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