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The U.S. military says it intercepted two Russian bombers in international airspace off Alaska's coast.
Navy Commander Gary Ross, a Pentagon spokesman, says a pair of F-22 Raptor aircraft intercepted the Russian TU-95 Bear bombers on Monday.
Ross says the intercept was "safe and professional."
North American Aerospace Defense Command monitors air approaches to North America and defends the airspace.
Fox News said Tuesday the Russian planes flew within 100 miles (160 kilometers) of Alaska's Kodiak Island.
It said the American jets escorted the Russian bombers for 12 minutes. The bombers then flew back to eastern Russia.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: LogicalGraphitti
It means it's a slow news day. This is an almost weekly event at times. We do the same thing, and have at least one RC-135 flying out of the UK pretty much year round flying over the Med, and over near Russia.
originally posted by: Shamrock6
a reply to: Zaphod58
Nuh uh man it's like totally an indication that things are about to go down!!!11!1!
According Lt. Gen. Ken Wilsbach, Alaskan NORAD Region Commander, aircraft were detected flying unannounced shortly before 6 p.m. Monday night.
"They were not on a flight plan," he said, "so we had to investigate that."
"We basically have a line drawn, about 200 miles outside of our land mass," Lt. Gen. Wilsbach said. "We use that just so that when aircraft cross that line, if we don't already have an identification through a flight plan, then we will launch aircraft to determine what that aircraft is and who it is."
The Russian aircraft were inside that line.
originally posted by: Cobaltic1978
They were in international airspace?
What's the big deal? The media love a good old "Russians were just off the coast" story