Two US Air Force stealth bombers intercepted two Russian nuclear bombers off the coast of Alaska Friday morning, North American Aeorospace Defense Command spokesman told Fox News.
The approach of the two Tupolev Tu-95 Russian "Bear" aircraft marked for the first time in just over a year that Russian bombers had flown so close to US territory.
The Russian bombers arrived within 55 miles of Alaska's west coast, north of the Aleutian Islands, but he remained in international airspace, said the spokesman for the Canadian Army, Major Andrew Hennessy.
Nonetheless, the bombers entered a US Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ), which stretched mainly over 200 miles from the nation's coast composed of international airspace.
The F-22 monitored the Russian aircraft until the bombers left the ADIZ west along the Aleutian Islands. At no time did the bombers reach the sovereign airspace of North America, Hennessey said.
The Russian Cold War bombers that emerged in the 1950s were intercepted at 10 pm EDT by F-22 US Air Force stealth fighter jets. 19659009] The Intercept was first reported by the Washington Free Beacon.
Earlier this month, a Russian fighter jet buzzed a reconnaissance aircraft of the US Navy in the Baltic Sea. The Russian Sukhoi Su-27 Jet arrived in international airspace within 20 feet of the American P-8.
The last time Russian bombers flew so close to Alaska was May 3, 2017.
Separately, Saturday marked the 60th anniversary of the founding of NORAD, the commando that oversees and controls all internal air activity outside the North American airspace.