USA fighter jets intercept Russian bombers in worldwide airspace off Alaska


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. The officers requested anonymity as a result of they weren't approved to debate that portion of the intercept.

The U.S. fighter jets did not get closer then 100 meters to the Russian bombers, the Russian military was quoted as saying. Russian aircraft did not enter the U.S. airspace, according to CNN, which cited the statement. After intercepting American planes watched the Tu-95 until they left identification zone in the Western direction.

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.

That was the first sighting of such Russian long-range bombers around Alaska in about two and a half years, a Pentagon spokesman said at the time.

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The Alaska incident comes after a Russian Sukhoi Su-27 fighter jet buzzed a US Navy P-8 Poseidon surveillance plane in worldwide airspace over the Baltic Sea, US media reported, citing the US Navy.

The final time Russian bombers flew as near Alaska was Could 3, 2017, officers advised Fox Information.

This writes CNN referring to the command of the aerospace defense of North America.