Two F-22 US fighters intercepted two Russian TU-95 long-range bombers in the Air Defense Identification Zone around the western coast of Alaska on Friday. The Russian bombers never entered US airspace, the spokesman for the North American Aerospace Defense Command told CNN.
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Two Russian bombers were intercepted by US stealth fighters in international airspace off the coast of Alaska on Friday.
“At approximately 10 a.m. ET, two Alaskan-based NORAD F-22 fighters intercepted and visually identified two Russian TU-95 ‘Bear’ long-range bomber aircraft flying in the Air Defense Identification Zone around the western coast of Alaska, north of the Aleutian Islands,” a spokesman for the North American Aerospace Defense Command said in a statement to CNN on Saturday.
According to the statement, the Russian bombers never entered US airspace and were escorted by the US stealth fighters until they left the Identification Zone.
The US fighter jets did not get closer than 100 meters to the Russian bombers, the Russian Defense Ministry was quoted as saying on Saturday by the RIA news agency.