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Russian Bombers Intercepted By US F-22 Fighters Near Alaska — USNORTHCOM

Russian Bombers Intercepted By US F-22 Fighters Near Alaska — USNORTHCOM

Two U.S. Air Force fighter jets intercepted two Russian bombers off the coast of Alaska, according to the North American Aerospace Defense Command.

The bombers entered a US air-defense identification zone (ADIZ), defined as airspace extending approximately 200 miles from the nation's coastline, though mainly composed of global airspace. The Russian bombers never entered United States airspace, the spokesman for the North American Aerospace Defense Command told CNN.

Two US jets intercepted a pair of Russian bombers in global airspace off the coast of Alaska early Friday morning, according to a statement from NORAD.

Miller declined to say how close the bombers came to USA land.

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

They said the bombers were escorted by fighter jets and a reconnaissance jet that also acts as an anti-submarine platform.

The last time Russian bombers flew so close to Alaska was May 3, 2017, officials told Fox News.

There have also been encounters in European airspace between Russian warplanes and military aircraft of members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance.

The Russian bombers, which are nuclear capable, did not enter sovereign US or Canadian airspace, he added.

"All the flights are being carried out in strict compliance with the worldwide rules of the use of airspace without violating borders of other countries", the ministry added.