U.S. jets intercept pair of Russian bombers off Alaskan coast

US Air Force stealth fighter jets intercept 2 Russian nuclear-capable bombers off Alaska coast

US intercepts Russian bombers off Alaska's coast

Scott Miller, representing the North American Command aerospace forces (NORAD), said that identifying and subsequent interception of bombers model Tu-95 is necessitated by the occurrence aircraft in the area of responsibility of NORAD.

The Russian long-range bombers flew into the Air Defense Identification Zone, which extends approximately 200 miles off Alaska's western coast.

The Russian TU-95 Bears were in global airspace, but had flown into the Air Defense Identification Zone, which extends about 200 miles off Alaska's western coast, CNN reported.

Miller declined to say how close the bombers came to US land. Andrew Hennessey, a NORAD spokesman, said. Intercepts in the zone occurred about 60 times from 2007 to 2017, The New York Times reported a year ago.

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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.

"This was a safe intercept, which did not include a Russian recon plane, and no Russian fighters were present", he told The Washington Post on Saturday. The latest bomber incursion reportedly seems to be part of a pattern of Russian nuclear coercion aimed at the United States.

Russian Federation has increased its military presence in the area since it annexed Crimea in 2014. "Unsafe actions‎ increase the risk of miscalculation and midair collisions".

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