United States jets intercept Russian bombers off Alaska

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

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.

The Russian bombers reportedly came within 55 miles of Alaska's west coast, north of the Aleutian Islands, but remained in global airspace.

Air Force F-22 stealth fighter jets intercepted two Russian nuclear-capable bombers Friday morning off the coast of Alaska, a spokesman for NORAD (North American Aeorospace Defense Command) told Fox News.

In January, another Russian fighter jet came within five feet of a US spy plane over the Black Sea.

The F-22s escorted the Russian bombers until they left the ADIZ along the Aleutian Islands, heading west.

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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.

Russian bombers TU-95 and TU-142 were escorted by two F-22 fighter jets in worldwide airspace for 40 minutes, the RIA news agency cited the Russian Defense Ministry as saying on Saturday.

The intercept was first reported by the Washington Free Beacon.

Friday's incident comes just over a month after a U.S. Navy P-8 surveillance plane was intercepted in an "unprofessional" manner by a Russian Su-27 fighter jet over the Baltic Sea in early March.

The jets never entered US airspace, according to the report, and turned back after passing the Aleutian Islands.

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