Russia bombers off Alaska intercepted by U.S. fighter jets

Russia bombers off Alaska intercepted by U.S. fighter jets

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The U.S. Air Force says two of its fighter jets have intercepted and monitored Russian bombers in global air space west of mainland Alaska.

USA fighter jets intercepted two Russian nuclear-capable bombers west of Alaska on Tuesday, according to a statement from North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).

NBC News points out that it's not uncommon for these events to occur, and Russian aircraft have been accused several times of violating the airspace of America's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies and flying dangerously close to us ships and aircraft in the Black Sea. However, during that earlier intercept, the Russian Tu-95s were not escorted by Russian fighter jets.

This air defense zone - known as an ADIZ - was declared unilaterally by the USA after World War II and is not binding under any worldwide treaty.

An Air Force F-22 fighter jet intercepts one of the Russian Tu-95 bombers near Alaska on Tuesday.

The ADIZ was created by the United States after World War II as a watch zone and extends approximately 200 miles into the ocean in what is technically worldwide airspace.

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Spanish and NATO Air Force Lieutenant General Ruben Garcia Servery said: "We have seen aircraft coming to our borders without flight plans, without any kind of controls".

"The Russian aircraft remained in worldwide airspace and at no time did the aircraft enter United States or Canadian airspace", the statement said.

Terrance O'Shaughnessy says radar, satellites and fighter jets are used to identify aircraft and determine appropriate responses.

The U.S. was the first to declare an ADIZ in the 1950s and around 20 other countries have since followed suit.

The bombers are capable of carrying nuclear-tipped KH-55 long-range cruise missiles that have a maximum range of up to 1,841 miles - enough to hit targets in Alaska and the US west coast.

It is unclear if the aircraft in the video are the same ones that were intercepted near Alaska.

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