US Air Force pilots flew stealth fighters in to intercept two Russian TU-95 “Bear” Bombers just off the coast of Alaska last Saturday, May 12th. It isn’t known exactly what the Russian aircraft were doing so close to US airspace; they stayed within the Air Defense Identification Zone and did not show any signs of aggression.
• Two NORAD F-22 fighters that were flying in the area remained in close proximity to the Bombers, flying nearby while monitoring their behavior.
• Both Russian aircraft eventually left the ADIZ, returning to Russian airspace along the Aleutian Islands.
• Neither of the Bombers ever demonstrated outright aggression or suspicious behavior. However, it remains unknown what they were doing in the ADIZ or why they pushed closer to the border of controlled space in the first place.
• Interestingly, a statement from the North American Aerospace Defense Command.suggests the aircraft were not identified on radar first. Instead, they were visually intercepted by the F-22s by happenstance.
• Russian leaders have not announced the reason for the visit, nor have they acknowledged any presence or exercises in the area since the event.