F-22 Raptors Intercept Russian TU-95s Off Alaska
US Air Force Intercepts Russian Bombers Off Alaska’s Coast
The U.S. military says it intercepted two Russian bombers in international airspace off Alaska’s coast.
US Navy Commander Gary Ross, a Pentagon spokesman, said a pair of F-22 Raptor aircraft intercepted the Russian Tupolev TU-95 (NATO reporting name “Bear”) bombers on Monday.
Ross said 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 that 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.
The Tupolev TU-95 is a strategic bomber capable of carrying nuclear cruise missiles.
Source: Voice of America.
Photo: Russian Air Force Tupolev TU-95MS strategic bomber flying over Russia, 2007, by Sergey Krivchikov, Russian AviaPhoto Team (CC).