The announcement came after the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) reported that US F-22 stealth fighters had intercepted a pair of Russian Tu-95 strategic bombers in worldwide airspace off the coast of Alaska.
In January, another Russian fighter jet came within five feet of a US spy plane over the Black Sea.
The Russian bombers reportedly came within 55 miles of Alaska's west coast, north of the Aleutian Islands, but remained in global airspace. The officers requested anonymity as a result of they weren't approved to debate that portion of the intercept.
A clash of some sort occurred off the coast of Alaska when two US fighter jets intercepted two Russian bombers in its global airspace.
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The Cold War-era Russian bombers, which date to the 1950s, were intercepted by U.S. Air Force F-22 stealth fighter jets about 10 a.m. EDT.
Two Russian bombers were intercepted by U.S. stealth fighters in worldwide airspace off the coast of Alaska on Friday.
Russian bombers TU-95 and TU-142 remained under escort of two F-22 fighters in an global airspace for 40 minutes, the Russian news agency RIA reported, citing the Russian Defense Ministry. Navy reconnaissance plane in the Baltic Sea. The Russian Sukhoi Su-27 jet got here inside 20 ft of the American P-Eight in worldwide airspace.
It is the first incident of the kind since U.S. jets intercepted Russian aircraft over a year ago on May 3, 2017. The bombers never entered US airspace, he said.