U.S. Fighter Jets Intercept Russian Bombers Flying Near Alaska

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The U.S. military said Tuesday it intercepted two Russian bombers in international airspace off Alaska’s coast.

Two United States F-22 fighters responded from Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage to make the interception.

NBC News reported: The Russian long-range TU-95 Bear bombers breached airspace around the U.S and Canada known as the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone, in which aircraft must be readily identified and report details of their course and destination. The Russian bombers stayed in international airspace.

The Tupolev Tu-95 is a large, four-engine turboprop-powered strategic bomber and missile platform. First flown in 1952, the Tu-95 entered service with the Soviet Union in 1956 and is expected to serve the Russian Air Force until at least 2040.

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