The US military has intercepted two Russian bombers in international airspace off Alaska’s coast. Navy Commander Gary Ross, a Pentagon spokesman, said a pair of F-22 Raptor aircraft intercepted the Russian TU-95 Bear bombers on Monday. Ross described the intercept as ‘safe and professional.’
Fox News said Tuesday the Russian planes flew within 100 miles of Alaska’s Kodiak Island, and about 280 miles southwest of the Elmendorf Air Force Base. The Russians were first spotted inside the Air Defense Identification Zone, which extends 200 miles off the coast of Alaska.
The zone is defended by the North American Aerospace Defense Command, which monitors air approaches to North America and defends the airspace. The network claimed the American jets escorted the Russian bombers for 12 minutes, and that an E-3 airborne early warning plane was also used to detect the jets. The bombers then flew back to eastern Russia.