US intercepts 2 Russian bombers off Alaska's coast

Russian bombers fly near Alaska; Air Force scrambles jets

US intercepts 2 Russian bombers off Alaska's coast

According to Fox News, the Russian bombers flew about 161 km to Kodiak Island and about 451 km to the Elmendorf-Richardson base, which is used jointly by the Air Force and the US Army.

While Tuesday's flight marks only the second time Russian bombers have been off the Alaskan coast since 2015, they have flown in the area about 60 times since 2007. An E-3 airborne early warning plane was also said to have been used to detect the Russian Bears.

USA airspace extends 12 miles from its coastlines, it noted, meaning the Russian vehicles were in global airspace while entering the ADIZ.

The Russian bombers took off from an airbase in Petropavlovsk, Russia and returned five hours later to an airbase in Anadyr. The bombers then flew back to eastern Russian Federation. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said last week in Moscow that U.S. -Russia relations were at a "low point".

When the two bombers got close to Alaska Monday night, two F-22s were sent out to intercept the planes.

The two days of Russian flights mark the first time in over two years that Russian military aircraft have approached the us mainland.


The Japanese military scrabbled 14 fighters after a trio of bombers was spotted off the coast.

The two nuclear-capable Tu-95H bombers were spotted by US military radar at 5 p.m. local time.

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After a number of officials announced the escalation of relations between the U.S. and Russia, Washington's military showed its strength in a missile showdown.

USA officials have downplayed the incident, calling it "nothing out of the ordinary" and "not dissimilar from what we've seen in the past with respect to Russian long-range aviation".

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