US Air Force scrambles two stealth fighter jets to intercept Russian bombers

Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP

The US military intercepted two Russian bombers in global airspace off Alaska's coast.

Gary Ross said the F-22 jets intercepted TU-95 Bear bombers Monday, calling the maneuver "safe and professional", The Associated Press reports.

The U.S. scrambled two F-22 fighters from Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska, to intercept the Russian planes. The Russian bombers stayed in worldwide airspace.

According to a us official, the intercept occurred 100 nautical miles south of Kodiak Island.

While this is the first time Russian bombers have been off the Alaskan coast since 2015, they have flown in the area about 60 times since 2007.

Last week in Moscow, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said U.S.

North American Aerospace Defence Command monitors air approaches to North America and defends the airspace. On that date, two Russian bombers flew as close as 40 miles from the Californian coast.

The 1950s-era turboprop planes - which happen to be the only propellor-powered strategic bombers still in operation - never entered American air space and returned to their base in eastern Russian Federation without incident.

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