On May 4, two long-range bombers of the Russian army, accompanied by two fighters, conducted a regular flight over the neutral waters of the Pacific, not far from the Alaskan coast. As the Russian aircraft approached the area of U.S. anti-aircraft defense, the U.S. Air Force command sent two fighter jets to intercept and escort them, Fox News reported with reference to U.S. officials.
‘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 (North American Aerospace Defence Command, - 112 International) spokesperson told Fox News the intercept began at 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday and a defense source said it also occurred into Thursday’, the article reads.
Both sides have commented on this event, marking that the flight was performed professionally, without any breaches of air space of third countries; neither the fighters, nor the bombers of the Russian Air Force were armed.
The Russian defense ministry added that their pilots have been conducting regular flights over the neutral waters of the Atlantic, the Pacific, the Arctic and the Black Sea.