U.S. stealth fighters intercept Russian bombers off the coast of Alaska

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According to CNN reports, USA military confirmed the escort in a statement, saying two Alaska-based F-22 fighters "intercepted and visually identified the Russian bombers".

The last such intercept of Russian aircraft by USA jets took place May 3, 2017. The officials requested anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss that portion of the intercept.

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

The incident happened at 10 a.m. Friday as the Russian jets were flying in the Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) around Alaska's western coast, north of the Aleutian Islands.

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According to authorities, the interception occurred in global airspace near the West coast of Alaska North of the Aleutian Islands.

In January, another Russian fighter jet came within five feet of a USA spy plane over the Black Sea. The Russian Sukhoi Su-27 jet came within 20 feet of the American P-8 in global airspace.

Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman Igor Konashenkov said: "The Tu-95MS strategic bombers operated by the Aerospace Forces and the Tu-142 long-range anti-submarine aircraft operated by the Navy successfully performed a planned flight over the neutral waters of the Arctic Ocean, the Bering Sea and the Sea of Okhotsk on May 11".

Lucas Tomlinson is the Pentagon and State Division producer for Fox Information Channel.