A pair of U. S. Air flow Force stealth fighter jets blocked two Russian nuclear-capable bombers Fri morning off the coast of Ak, a spokesman for NORAD (North American Aeorospace Defense Command) informed Fox News.
The approach by two Tupolev Tu-95 Russian “Bear” aircraft marked the first time in just more than a year that Russian bombers got flown that close to U. Ersus. territory.
The Russian bombers came inside 55 miles of Alaska’s western coast, north of the Aleutian Island destinations, but remained in international airspace, the spokesman, Canadian Army Maj. Andrew Hennessy said.
Still, the bombers entered a U. S. air-defense identification zone (ADIZ), thought as airspace extending approximately 200 kilometers from the nation’s coastline, though primarily composed of international airspace.
The F-22s supervised the Russian aircraft until the bombers left the ADIZ along the Aleutian Islands, heading west. At no time do the bombers enter North American sovereign airspace, Hennessey said.
The Cold War-era Russian bombers, which date towards the 1950s, were intercepted by Oughout. S. Air Force F-22 on stealth fighter jets around 10 the. m. EDT.
The intercept was first documented by the Washington Free Beacon .
Previously this month, a Russian fighter plane buzzed a U. S. Navy blue reconnaissance plane in the Baltic Ocean. The Russian Sukhoi Su-27 plane came within 20 feet from the American P-8 in international airspace.
The last time Russian bombers flew as close to Alaska had been May 3, 2017, officials informed Fox News.
Separately, Saturday marks the particular 60th anniversary of the founding associated with NORAD, the command that screens all air activity emanating from the inside and outside North American airspace.