US stealth fighter jets intercepted two Russian long-range bombers in international airspace off the coast of Alaska on Friday, according to North American Aerospace Defense Command.
The Russian TU-95 “Bear” bombers flew into the Air Defense Identification Zone, which extends approximately 200 miles off Alaska’s western coast, marking the first time in just over a year that Russian aircraft had flown that close to US territory.
The Russian bombers were “intercepted and monitored by the F-22s until the bombers left the ADIZ along the Aleutian Island chain heading west,” NORAD and USNORTHCOM spokesman Canadian Army Maj. Andrew Hennessy said in a statement.
The F-22s monitored the Russian jets until they left the ADIZ along the Aleutian Islands, heading west.
Hennessey said the Russian aircraft never entered North American airspace.
Alaska houses the Pentagon’s strategic missile interceptor base at Fort Greely, about 100 miles southeast of…