US intercepts 2 Russian bombers off Alaska's coast

US F-22s Intercept Russian Nuclear Bombers Off the Coast of Alaska

The US military intercepted two Russian "Bear bombers" off the coast of Alaska.

It comes only hours after two long-range TU-95 Russian Bear bombers were detected around 160km from Kodiak Island when they flew into the Alaskan Air Defence Identification Zone.

A spokesperson for the Pentagon says the US, using two F-22 Raptor aircrafts, intercepted two Russian bombers off of Alaska's coast Monday, April 17. No U.S. aircraft were launched to meet them.

Russian bombers have neared the coast of Alaska for a second consecutive night as relations continue to worsen between the Kremlin and Donald Trump's administration. In response, the USA sent three aircraft in order to warn off the bombers: two F-22 stealth tactical fighters and one E-3 Sentry. "They were in global airspace the whole time".

"Right now we are not getting along with Russian Federation at all".

The mid-air incident comes just days after secretary of state Rex Tillerson said USA and Russian relations had reached a "low point".

F-22 fighter planes and an AWAKS aircraft escorted Monday two strategic Tu-95 aircraft several tens of kilometers from Alaska.

This is the second time since 2015 that Russian warplanes have approached USA airspace near Alaska.

As we noted yesterday, the Tu-95 is a 1950s-era turboprop plane - the only propeller-powered strategic bomber now in service.

In February, the USS Porter had three run-ins with Russian aircraft in the Black Sea.

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