Russian bombers entered identification zone air defense of the United States US Fighters intercepted Russian military airplanes near the Western coast of Alaska.
The strategy by the 2 Tupolev Tu-95 Russian "Bear" plane marked the primary time in simply over a 12 months that Russian bombers had flown that near USA territory.
Two separate defense officials reached by Fox News said the Russian bombers came within 55 miles of Alaska's west coast.
The aircraft were intercepted and monitored until they left the airspace near the Aleutian Islands.
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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 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.
No unusual activity related to the encounter was reported and there were no communications between the F-22s and bombers. The Russian Sukhoi Su-27 jet got here inside 20 ft of the American P-Eight in worldwide airspace.
Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman Igor Konashenkov said: "The Tu-95MS strategic bombers operated by the Aerospace Forces and the Tu-142 long-range anti-submarine aircraft operated by the Navy successfully performed a planned flight over the neutral waters of the Arctic Ocean, the Bering Sea and the Sea of Okhotsk on May 11".