US Military Intercepts Russian Bombers Near Alaska's Coast With F-22 Raptors

Geronimo Vena
Aprile 19, 2017

The US military says it intercepted two Russian bombers in worldwide airspace off Alaska's coast.

Fox News claimed that the F-22 Raptor aircraft had escorted the Russian Bears for approximately 12 minutes.

Before this incident, the last time Russian bombers flew this close to the US took place on July 4, 2015.

The intercept was "safe and professional", Mr Ross said.

The US military intercepted two Russian TU-95 bombers in worldwide airspace off Alaska's coast.

It was the first interception of Russian aircraft by the North American Aerospace Defense Command since. The bombers then flew back to eastern Russian Federation. An Air Defense Identification Zone is airspace that is monitored in the interest of national security where aircraft are required to identify themselves. On July 4, 2015, a pair of Russian bombers came within forty miles of the California coast - prompting a similar American response.

Tillerson discussed the recent chemical weapons attack in Russia, as well as allegations of Russian interference int he 2016 USA presidential election.

According to a USA official, the intercept occurred 100 nautical miles south of Kodiak Island.

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