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WASHINGTON — The U.S. military says it intercepted two Russian bombers in international airspace off Alaska's coast.


Navy Commander Gary Ross, a Pentagon spokesman, says a pair of F-22 Raptor aircraft intercepted the Russian TU-95 Bear bombers on Monday.


Ross says the intercept was "safe and professional."


North American Aerospace Defense Command monitors air approaches to North America and defends the airspace.


Fox News said Tuesday the Russian planes flew within 100 miles (160 kilometers) of Alaska's Kodiak Island.


It said the American jets escorted the Russian bombers for 12 minutes. The bombers then flew back to eastern Russia

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13 minutes ago, Bryan R. said:

The U.S. military says it intercepted two Russian bombers in international airspace off Alaska's coast.

 

Because it was international airspace, one could also say "The Russian military says it intercepted a pair of F-22's in international airspace off Russia's coast."

 

Added: not really off Russian coast, looked at Kodiak island and it really is pretty far from Russian airspace.

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at neutral airspace

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For the second consecutive night, Russia flew two long-range bombers off the coast of Alaska on Tuesday, this time coming within 36 miles of the mainland while flying north of the Aleutian Islands, two U.S. officials told Fox News.


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


Unlike a similar incident Monday night, this time the U.S. Air Force did not scramble any fighter jets.


Instead, it launched a single E-3 Sentry early warning aircraft, known as AWACS, to make sure there were only the two Russian bombers flying near Alaska, and not other aircraft flying underneath the large bombers.


U.S. territorial waters extend 12 nautical miles from shore.

 

Russian bombers fly near Alaska for second consecutive night

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Hardly news.  This kind of thing has been going on for decades, by BOTH sides.  They do it to you, you do it back to them, they do it to us, we do it back to them, and so on ad infinitum.

 

It happens so often that the pilots on either side are probably on first name basis...

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Eh, I live next to JBER, those F-22's are loud and it certainly was interesting to see them flying away from anchorage on intercept. Usually they do circles over the base several days a week.

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Guess it is going on 4 days in a row now that Russia has flown close to Alaska and Canada.  They must have a lot of extra time on their hands.

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18 hours ago, techbeck said:

Guess it is going on 4 days in a row now that Russia has flown close to Alaska and Canada.  They must have a lot of extra time on their hands.

And how is that any different to the 1000's of other times they've done it? Or the 1000's of times the US as flown close to Russian airspace?

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3 hours ago, FloatingFatMan said:

And how is that any different to the 1000's of other times they've done it? Or the 1000's of times the US as flown close to Russian airspace?

Or, how many times has either side actually crossed into the other side's airspace? I think it's been several decades since the last incident occurred. 

 

With the introduction of satellites, everything has become visible from space. There's been no need to carry on conventional recon missions since then.

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16 minutes ago, Mirumir said:

There's been no need to carry on conventional recon missions since then.

They're not really recon missions. They're just poking each other to check they're awake. Kinda like mates in a pub trying to wind each other up over a beer.

 

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8 hours ago, FloatingFatMan said:

And how is that any different to the 1000's of other times they've done it? Or the 1000's of times the US as flown close to Russian airspace?

Never said it was different. Made a comment that they did it 4 days in a row. You know, talking about the topic. 

4 hours ago, FloatingFatMan said:

They're not really recon missions. They're just poking each other to check they're awake. Kinda like mates in a pub trying to wind each other up over a beer.

 

Pretty much.... And testing the others response times. 

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Russian bombers, fighter jets fly near Alaska, prompting Air Force escort

 

Two Russian Bear bombers -- escorted for the first time by a pair of Su-35 "Flanker" fighter jets -- entered Alaska's Air Defense Zone on Wednesday night, U.S. officials told Fox News.

 

The Russian formation was intercepted by a pair of U.S. Air Force F-22 stealth fighter jets that were already flying a patrol about 50 miles southwest of Chariot, Alaska. A NORAD spokesperson told Fox News the intercept began at 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday and a defense source said it also occurred into Thursday.

 

It was the first time the U.S. Air Force has seen advanced Russian Su-35 fighter jets escort Russian Cold War-era bombers near Alaska.

 

 

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http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/05/04/us-air-force-jets-intercept-russian-bombers-fighter-jets-near-alaska.html

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