Russian Bombers Intercepted Off US Coast

Marsha Scott
May 14, 2018

Russian bombers entered identification zone air defense of the United States US Fighters intercepted Russian military airplanes near the Western coast of Alaska.

Two F-22 fighter jets intercepted and visually identified the Russian bombers until they left the zone.

The Russian TU-95 Bears were in global airspace, but had flown into the Air Defense Identification Zone, which extends about 200 miles off Alaska's western coast, CNN reported. The Russian bombers never entered USA airspace, the spokesman for the North American Aerospace Defense Command told CNN.

The Washington Free Beacon, a conservative news website, first reported the intercept.

Russia regularly tests the patience and nerve of its rivals by flying near or through enemy airspace and it is just the latest examples of belligerent Russian activity in recent weeks.

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Russian bombers TU-95 and TU-142 were escorted by two F-22 fighter jets in global airspace for 40 minutes, the RIA news agency cited the Russian Defense Ministry as saying on Saturday.

A Russian Defense Ministry statement released Friday diverged from the US military account.

Miller said that was not true.

In December 2017, two U.S. F-33 Stealth fighter jets fired warning flares after Russian Su-25 jets entered an agreed deconfliction area in Syrian airspace. The report was only compiled for 2014 and not for the subsequent years.

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