U.S. fighters escorted Russian Tu-95 bombers for 12 minutes until they changed course towards returning to their base.
As reported by Fox News citing a source in the government, the US Air Force intercepted two Russian nuclear-capable Tu-95 bombers in international airspace off the coast of Alaska.
According to the channel, two Russian Tu-95s were discovered 450 kilometers (280 miles) southwest of Elmendorf Air Force Base, within the Air Defense Identification Zone of the USA on the night of April 18th.
They were intercepted by two F-22 fighters and an E-3 airborne early warning radar plane. It was noted that the fighters escorted the Russian bombers for 12 minutes, until they reversed course and headed back to their base in the East of Russia.
The bombers approached the Kodiak Island off the southern coast of Alaska at a distance of about 161 kilometers (100 miles).