Tension as United States fighter jets intercept Russian bombers

14 May, 2018, 04:13 | Author: Dustin Murphy
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A pair of USA fighter jets intercepted two TU-95 bombers, similar to the one pictured here, Friday morning off the Alaskan coast.

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. Russian aircraft did not enter the USA airspace, according to CNN, which cited the statement.

Two American F-22 fighter jets intercepted them, with the Russians never flying into United States airspace.


"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 Defence Identification Zone around the western coast of Alaska", NORAD and US Northern Command spokesman Canadian Army Major Andrew Hennessy said in a statement.

The approach by the two Tupolev Tu-95 Russian "Bear" aircraft marked the first time in just over a year that Russian bombers had flown that close to US territory. Intercepts in the zone occurred about 60 times from 2007 to 2017, The New York Times reported a year ago.

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 got here inside 20 ft of the American P-Eight in worldwide airspace. Last week, Russia scrambled jets four times in response to foreign reconnaissance flights near its border, the Russian news service Interfax reported.

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