Two United States F-22 fighters intercepted two Russian bombers off the coast of Alaska last Friday in international airspace. The US aircraft approached to within 100 meters to identify the Russian aircraft, which turned out to be two TU-95 ‘Bear’ bombers. The Russian bombers had entered what is known as the Air Defence Identification Zone, which is located about 200 miles off Alaska’s west coast. The intercept took place at about 10am EST on 14 May.
The North American Aerospace Defence Command spokesperson, Major Andrew Hennessy, issued a statement to CNN in which he detailed the incident. According to the statement, two F-22 NORAD fighters, based in Alaska, intercepted the Russian aircraft. They visually identified the aircraft and maintained surveillance contact until they left the identification zone. At no time did the Russian aircraft enter US airspace.