US stealth fighters intercept Russian bombers near Alaska

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The US military has intercepted a pair of Russian bombers flying off the coast of Alaska, a Pentagon official says amid escalating tension between Moscow and Washington over a recent US strike on Syria.

Pentagon spokesman Commander Gary Ross made the announcement on Tuesday, saying that two US Air Force F-22 Raptor aircraft had intercepted the Russian TU-95 Bear bombers within 160 kilometers of Alaska’s Kodiak Island a day earlier.

The American stealth fighters escorted the Russian long-range bombers for 12 minutes before they reversed course and headed back to their base in eastern Russia, according to the official.

Ross said the intercept was “safe and professional,” and there was no violation of US airspace and any international norms.

The Pentagon spokesman noted that Russia’s TU-95s are capable of carrying nuclear weapons, but there was no indication that the planes were armed.

In this image provided by the US Navy, the guided-missile destroyer…

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  • L Garou

    And they never saw the F-22 coming!
    (yes they did)

  • Justin Thought

    Just think of the outcry if instead the headline read, “Russian Fighters Intercept U.S. Bombers off the coast of Russia.” I reckon Trump would probably launch a first strike on Russia for that.

  • ddearborn

    Hmmm

    Phew good thing those bombers were flying low and slow, otherwise those “next generation” stealth fighters might not have been able to get the job done. The US Air Force, like the Navy and the Army and the Coast guard are now laughing stock. Half our planes can’t fly, a 1/3 of our ships can’t sail, our Army has no reserves left in which to sustain a war for more than a few weeks at best. The Coast Guard has one of oldest fleets in the Western world. And virtually every branch of the Service is using decades old equipment. Sure we have a few token planes like the F-22. But that design is also decades old now. Our latest Air Craft carrier the single most expensive piece of military equipment ever built is 2 years behind schedule, billions of dollars in cost over runs, and still has unresolved failure of several major systems. In point of fact our military is complete shambles after 16 years of war for Israel. And it will take several trillion dollars and about 10 years to fix it.

    And god help the American people if we are faced with an invasion of America itself because 2/3’s of our entire conventional military is thousands of miles and many days away. If Russia suddenly decided to take back Alaska via conventional warfare the only thing we could do to stop it would be nuclear war. Right now, US conventional military readiness capabilities are in relative terms of today’s threats, at about the same levels they were in 1938. And that is incredibly strange considering we have spent more than 6 Trillion on defense since 2001….Of course you could ask the Pentagon where the money went. In fact, Secretary of defense Rumsfeld was admitting to Congress on 9-10-2001 they he could not account for 2.3 Trillion in Pentagon spending. And just a short time ago, the Pentagon again admitted it was missing trillions.