U.S. F-22 Fighter jets intercept TU-95 Russian Bombers near the western coast of Alaska
Two USAF Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor fighter jets intercepted two Russian TU-95 “Bear bombers flying near the western coast of Alaska
According to the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) the incident happened at 10 a.m. Friday as the Russian jets were flying in the Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) around Alaska’s western coast, north of the Aleutian Islands.
The two Russian bomber TU-95 and TU-142 were escorted by two F-22 fighter jets in international airspace for 40 minutes” long-range bombers were intercepted and escorted out of the ADIZ
ADIZ is an airspace that extends about 200 miles from the coastline
The U.S. fighter jets did not get closer than 100 meters to the Russian bombers
At no time during the incident did the Russian bombers enter North American sovereign airspace
Earlier this month, a Russian fighter jet intercepted a U.S. Navy spy plane above the Baltic Sea in what the U.S. called “safe” but “unprofessional.” In January, another Russian fighter jet came within five feet of a U.S. spy plane over the Black Sea. The U.S. State Department then said Russia was “flagrantly violating existing agreements and international law.”