In the area of Alaska "spotted" Russian planes

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

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

Earlier, the US jets intercepted Russia's aircraft on May 3, 2017.

Scott Miller, representing the North American Command aerospace forces (NORAD), said that identifying and subsequent interception of bombers model Tu-95 is necessitated by the occurrence aircraft in the area of responsibility of NORAD.

In January, another Russian fighter jet came within five feet of a USA spy plane over the Black Sea. The officers requested anonymity as a result of they weren't approved to debate that portion of the intercept. Separately, Saturday marked the 60th anniversary of the founding of NORAD, the command that monitors all air activity emanating from within and outside North American airspace.

Meanwhile, the RIA news agency cited Russian Defence Ministry as saying that the Russian bombers TU-95 and TU-142 were escorted by two U.S. fighter jets in global airspace for forty minutes.

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That incident, in which Russian aircraft came within 20 feet of the Navy surveillance plane, was criticized by a U.S. Navy spokeswoman lat month.

The incident happened at 10 a.m. Friday as the Russian jets were flying in the Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) around Alaska's western coast, north of the Aleutian Islands.

The bombers entered a US air-defense identification zone (ADIZ), outlined as airspace extending roughly 200 miles from the nation's shoreline, although primarily composed of worldwide airspace.

The intercept was first reported by the Washington Free Beacon. The Russian Sukhoi Su-27 jet came within 20 feet of the American P-8 in worldwide airspace.

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