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US stealth fighters intercept Russian bombers off Alaska

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A pair of stealth fighter jets have intercepted two Russian nuclear-capable bombers in international airspace off the coast of Alaska, a for the (NORAD) said.

The Russian long-range bombers on Friday flew into the Air Defence Identification Zone, which extends approximately 321 km off Alaska's western coast, reported.

"At approximately 10 a.m. ET, two Alaskan-based NORAD fighters intercepted and visually identified two Russian 'Bear' long-range bomber aircraft flying in the Air Defence Identification Zone around the western coast of Alaska," NORAD and US said in a statement.

The Russian aircraft were "intercepted and monitored by the until the bombers left the ADIZ along the heading west" and never entered US airspace, according to the statement.

The last such intercept of Russian aircraft by US jets took place on May 3, 2017.

Separately, Saturday marked the 60th anniversary of the founding of NORAD, the command that monitors all air activity emanating from within and outside North American airspace.

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First Published: Sat, May 12 2018. 17:08 IST
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