US Fighter Jets Intercept Russian Bombers Off Alaska Coast

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The last such intercept of Russian aircraft by United States jets took place May 3, 2017.

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.

Encounters between Russian warplanes and US fighter planes have become more frequent in recent years, as Russia seeks to make a display of its military strength.

The us military has revealed some details of the interception of Russian long-range bombers, which were identified by two F-22 fighter jets over the waters of the Bering sea. Russian aircraft did not enter the USA airspace, according to CNN, which cited the statement.

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The Russian Defense Ministry stated that US F-22 fighter jets had been escorting Russian long-range aircraft for 40 minutes without approaching them closer than 100 meters. The Russian bombers never entered U.S. airspace, the spokesman for the North American Aerospace Defense Command told CNN.

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.

No unusual activity related to the encounter was reported and there were no communications between the F-22s and bombers.

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