US fighter jets intercept Russian bombers in int'l airspace off Alaska
WASHINGTON: Two F-22 fighter jets from the 3rd Wing at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, conduct approach training, in this U.S. Air Force picture taken March 24, 2016. (Reuters)
Two U.S. fighter jets have intercepted two Russian bombers in international airspace off the coast of Alaska.
In a statement, North American Aerospace Defence Command spokesman said the Russian bombers flew into Air Defence Identification Zone, about two hundred miles off Alaska’s west coast.
Meanwhile, the RIA news agency cited Russian Defence Ministry as saying that the Russian bombers TU-95 and TU-142 were escorted by two US fighter jets in international airspace for forty minutes.
It said the U.S. fighter jets did not get closer than a hundred meters to the Russian bombers.