F-22 fighter planes and an AWAKS aircraft escorted Monday two strategic Tu-95 aircraft several tens of kilometers from Alaska.
Two strategic Tupolev Tu-95MS bombers on Monday conducted a training flight near Alaska, under the guard of two F-22 fighters and a Boeing E-3 Sentry reconnaissance aircraft, commonly known as AWACS, announced The American television station Fox News.
“On April 17, two Russian TU-95 Bear bombers were intercepted in international airspace off the coast of Alaska by two Norad U.S. F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft,” said Lt. Col. Michelle Baldanza, a Pentagon spokeswoman, who called the intercept “safe and professional.”
The Russian bombers, who approached Kodiak Island about 50 kilometers away, turned around after flying alongside US planes for 12 minutes, according to the channel that refers to sources within the Pentagon.
According to the channel, this is the first appearance of Russian Tu-95 off Alaska since Donald Trump came to power.
In July 2015, the US military asserted that Russian aircraft had penetrated into US airspace near Alaska and California. The United States had also sent two F-22s.