US Air Force jets intercept Russian bombers near Alaska

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The planes were intercepted just west of the mainland by American F-22 "Raptor" fighters and positively identified by NORAD forces, officials said.

US fighter jets intercepted two Russian nuclear-capable bombers west of Alaska on Tuesday, according to a statement from North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). It said the intercept happened at 10 p.m. ET.

American fighter made a successful escort of aircraft from Russian Federation.

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The ADIZ was created by the United States after World War II as a watch zone and extends approximately 200 miles into the ocean in what is technically global airspace.

It was not the first time such an incident has happened.

The Russian military formation included two Tu-95 "Bear" bombers and a pair of Su-35 "Flanker" fighter jets, officials said.

The Russian aircraft did not violate the borders of the US and Canada.

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Terrance O'Shaughnessy says radar, satellites and fighter jets are used to identify aircraft and determine appropriate responses. The incident did occur, however, within the U.S. Air Defense Identification Zone, which extends 200 miles off Alaska's coast.

The FAA warns foreign aircraft doing so that they may be intercepted by fighter jets, during which time they are asked to establish radio contact and follow instructions.

"The Russian aircraft remained in global airspace and at no time did the aircraft enter United States or Canadian sovereign airspace", NORAD said echoing past statements that appeared to minimize the provocative nature of the incursions.

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