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Tango0118 Apr 2017 10:05 p.m. PST

"* The American planes were called into action after the bombers were detected
* Pentagon said two F-22 Raptors intercepted the Russian TU-95 Bear Bombers
* The incident took place about 100 miles off Kodiak Island, Alaska, on Monday
* The US planes flew alongside the Russians for 12 minutes as they escorted them
* The last time Russian bombers were intercepted near the US was on July 4, 2015

The US military intercepted two Russian bombers in international airspace off Alaska's coast.

Navy Commander Gary Ross, a Pentagon spokesman, said a pair of F-22 Raptor aircraft intercepted the Russian TU-95 Bear bombers on Monday…"
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paulgenna Supporting Member of TMP19 Apr 2017 9:47 a.m. PST

Wonder if this is to test the stealth capability of our F-22 and how far out before the Bear saw them.

Random Die Roll Supporting Member of TMP19 Apr 2017 11:51 a.m. PST

The idea is to probably test everything not just the stealth of the F-22. And on the US end of it there are just as many counter-measures in place also. I am sure the planes were not "wheels up" in record time. I am also sure the Bears were detected and watched for quite a while before the Raptors were put into action.

zoneofcontrol19 Apr 2017 2:32 p.m. PST

OK, just as long as Russia remembers that the US is a sovereign nation with protected airspace. They just can't legally fly in and do anything they want!

Charlie 1219 Apr 2017 8:49 p.m. PST

Ah, back to the good old days… (Which weren't that damned good…)

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