US Military Jets Intercept Russian Bombers Off Alaskan Coast

Air Force intercepts 2 Russian bombers off Alaska coast

A pair of US fighter jets intercepted two TU-95 bombers, similar to the one pictured here, Friday morning off the Alaskan coast.

Tu-95 were in the zone of identification of air defense.

The Russian TU-95 Bears were in worldwide airspace, but had flown into the Air Defense Identification Zone, which extends about 200 miles off Alaska's western coast, CNN reported.

The Russian long-range bombers flew into the Air Defense Identification Zone, which extends approximately 200 miles off Alaska's western coast.

A clash of some sort occurred off the coast of Alaska when two USA fighter jets intercepted two Russian bombers in its worldwide airspace.

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Two Russian fighter jets accompanied the bombers, CNN reported.

A pair of U.S. Air Drive stealth fighter jets intercepted two Russian nuclear-capable bombers Friday morning off the coast of Alaska, a spokesman for NORAD (North American Aeorospace Protection Command) advised Fox Information.

Russia's state-run news agency TASS said the U.S. jets did not come within "100 metres" of the Russian aircraft. Russian aircraft did not enter the United States airspace, according to CNN, which cited the statement.

The intercept was first reported by the Washington Free Beacon.

There have also been encounters in European airspace between Russian warplanes and military aircraft of members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance. The Russian Sukhoi Su-27 jet came within 20 feet of the American P-8 in worldwide airspace. It is also reported that the Russian planes did not cross the air border of the U.S. and Canada, and their flight did not violate worldwide agreements.

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