U.S. Fighter Jets Intercept Two Russian Tactical Bombers 100 Miles Away From Alaska

The U.S. Air Force scrambled two F-22 stealth fighters on Monday night to intercept a pair of Russian nuclear-capable bombers which came as close as 100 miles from Alaska’s Kodiak Island, Fox reports. This was the first time since President Trump took office that Moscow has sent bombers so close to the U.S.

The two Russian Tu-95 “Bear” tactical bombers flew roughly 280 miles southwest of Elmendorf Air Force Base, within the Air Defense Identification Zone of the United States. The U.S. Air Force promptly scrambled two F-22 stealth fighter jets and an E-3 airborne early warning plane to intercept the Russian bombers.

The American jets flew alongside the Russian bombers for 12 minutes, before the Russian bombers reversed course and headed back to their base in eastern Russia.

An official quoted by the Washington Examiner said that while TU-95s are capable of carrying nuclear weapons, the planes involved in Monday’s incident did not appear armed. The interception was conducted in a “safe and professional” manner, the official added, as the bombers did not violate U.S. airspace or break international norms.

Monday’s incident comes amid escalating tension between Russia and the U.S., particularly over Syria’s ongoing civil war. Trump’s decision to strike Assad’s government earlier this month put the U.S. at odds with Russia, which has long supported Assad. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said last week that the chemical attack was staged.

Lavrov also said that another U.S. military strike in Syria could prompt “grave consequences not only for regional but global security.” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said earlier this month that U.S.-Russia relations have hit “a low point” following the strike. The top U.S. diplomat added that “improvement in the long-term relationship” between both nations is required to resolve the conflict in Syria.

The last time Russian bombers flew near the U.S. was July 4, 2015, when a pair of Russian bombers flew off the coasts of Alaska and California, coming as close as 40 miles to Mendocino, Calif. Russian President Vladimir Putin called then-President Barack Obama to wish him a happy Independence Day while the bombers cruised the California coastline.

Story courtesy of Zero Hedge.

  • James Humberg

    My husband, a 100% service connected medically retired USCG , had 2 postings in Alaska, in the 1960’s and ’70’s. He is resting, so won’t comment. I personally believe the US response to the Russian planes flying so close to US air space in Alaska , was completely appropriate. We couldn’t just IGNORE them, and any action that was more serious, could have created grave and unwanted consequences for the US. C.H.

  • thetnrebel

    much to do about nothing… we do the same thing. they were 100 miles from the coast…

  • Dan Knight

    Situation normal. … You know we don’t have to act like every action or inaction of every American military unit on the planet is about to spark WW4 … that is the LEFTIES narrative. …

    Obama had c*** going on all the time – including his “non-wars” in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, and Libya not to mention his non-involvement in Yemen, Iran, and North Korea (and the Ukraine) that went on so “spectacularly” we had to rely on the better judgment of others not to start WW4 – and the MSM completely failed to notice.

    I would suggest – that we do the same. Let’s focus on Trump’s efforts and successes in the news cycle, and just pray for the troops and success of their mission – until or unless the military wants to toot its horn or confess to a disaster.