Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Russian Bear Bombers Near Alaska Intercepted Again

Russian Bear Bombers Near Alaska Intercepted Again

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The Russian TU-95 bombers, which were accompanied by two Russian fighter jet escorts, turned away before entering USA airspace, according to the statement, which was obtained by CNN.

NORAD did not say how close to American airspace the Russian aircraft flew nor in which direction.

The U.S. military said Wednesday that two Russian nuclear-capable bombers escorted by two fighter jets flew near Alaska on september 11 before being intercepted by a pair of Air Force F-22 stealth fighter jets, according to a statement by the North American Aerospace Defense Command. It said the intercept happened at 10 p.m. ET. The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, as first noted by Fox News, released a video Wednesday of two Cold War bombers escorted by fighter aircraft taking off for exercises from an airbase in eastern Russia. The zone extends about 200 miles off the Alaskan coast, and is mostly in global airspace. "The Russian airplane remained in global airspace and at no time did the airplane enter United States or Canadian airspace", the assertion talked about.

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In recent years, Russian Federation has been accused of flying dangerously close to U.S. aircraft and ships in eastern Europe's Black Sea, and repeatedly violating the airspace of U.S. North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies in the Baltics. O'Shaughnessy, commander of NORAD, said in a statement.

The bombers are capable of carrying nuclear-tipped KH-55 long-range cruise missiles that have a maximum range of up to 1,841 miles - enough to hit targets in Alaska and the USA west coast.

The FAA warns foreign aircraft doing so that they may be intercepted by fighter jets, during which time they are asked to establish radio contact and follow instructions.

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