Russian bombers, fighter jets fly near Alaska, prompting Air Force escort
Two Russian Bear bombers — escorted for the first time by a pair of Su-35 “Flanker” fighter jets — entered Alaska’s Air Defense Zone on Wednesday night, U.S. officials told Fox News.
The Russian formation was intercepted by a pair of U.S. Air Force F-22 stealth fighter jets that were already flying a patrol about 50 miles southwest of Chariot, Alaska. A NORAD spokesperson told Fox News the intercept began at 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday and a defense source said it also occurred into Thursday.
U.S. Air Force jets intercepted a pair of Russian bombers and two Russian fighter jets providing an escort about 50 miles southwest of Chariot, Alaska on Thursday.