United States fighter jets intercept Russian bombers near western coast of Alaska

Posted May 12, 2018

The last such intercept of Russian aircraft by USA jets took place on May 3, 2017.

The Russian bombers reportedly came within 55 miles of Alaska's west coast, north of the Aleutian Islands, but remained in worldwide airspace.

In a statement, North American Aerospace Defence Command spokesman said the Russian bombers flew into Air Defence Identification Zone, about two hundred miles off Alaska's west coast.

It is the first incident of the kind since U.S. jets intercepted Russian aircraft over a year ago on May 3, 2017.

The aircraft were intercepted and monitored until they left the airspace near the Aleutian Islands.

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The bombers entered a USA air-defense identification zone (ADIZ), defined as airspace extending approximately 200 miles from the nation's coastline, though mainly composed of global airspace.

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 intercept was first reported by the Washington Free Beacon. The Russian Sukhoi Su-27 jet got here inside 20 ft of the American P-Eight in worldwide airspace. At no time did the bombers enter North American sovereign airspace, stated the NORAD spokesman, Canadian Military Maj.

Lucas Tomlinson is the Pentagon and State Division producer for Fox Information Channel.