Two F-22 fighter jets from the third Wing at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, conduct strategy coaching, on this U.S. Air Drive image taken March 24, 2016.
Russian bombers entered identification zone air defense of the United States US Fighters intercepted Russian military airplanes near the Western coast of Alaska.
Tu-95 were in the zone of identification of air defense. The officials requested anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss that portion of the intercept.
The long-range Tupelev Tu-95 bombers were "intercepted and visually identified" Friday morning by a pair of F-22 Raptors as the Russian aircraft flew just north of Alaska's Aleutian islands, said Canadian Army Major Andrew Hennessy, of NORAD public affairs.
The last such intercept of Russian aircraft by USA jets took place May 3, 2017.
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The intercept was first reported by the Washington Free Beacon.
"The Russian military is within its right to operate within worldwide airspace, but they must behave within global standards set to ensure safety and prevent incidents, including the 1972 Agreement for the Prevention of Incidents on and Over the High Seas (INCSEA)", said a Navy spokeswoman at the time.
Earlier this month, a Russian fighter jet buzzed a U.S. The Russian Sukhoi Su-27 jet got here inside 20 ft of the American P-Eight in worldwide airspace.
This writes CNN referring to the command of the aerospace defense of North America.
The final time Russian bombers flew as near Alaska was Could 3, 2017, officers advised Fox Information.