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Russian bombers intercepted off Alaska: NORAD

AFP  |  Washington 

US fighter jets intercepted two Russian bombers in international air space off western Alaska, the said today.

The long-range "Bear" bombers were "intercepted and visually identified" yesterday morning by a pair of Alaska-based NORAD Raptors as the Russian aircraft flew in the Air Defense Identification Zone, north of the Aleutian Islands, said Andrew Hennessy, of NORAD public affairs.

The Air Defense Identification Zone extends for about 200 miles (322 kilometers) from the coastline, mostly in international airspace.

"At no time did the Russian bombers enter North American sovereign airspace," Hennessy said in a statement to AFP.

He added that the US jets monitored the Russians until the propellor-driven bombers left the Identification Zone along the Aleutians heading west.

In April last year NORAD and the said Bear bombers were spotted in international air space on three occasions - twice near the and once near mainland and

That was the first sighting of such Russian long-range bomber missions around in about two and a half years, a said at the time.

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First Published: Sat, May 12 2018. 18:30 IST