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Russian Bombers Flew Near Coasts of Alaska, Calif. on July 4th

By    |   Tuesday, 07 July 2015 01:20 PM

Four Russian long-range bombers flew so close to U.S. shores on the Fourth of July that U.S. military fighter jets were forced to intercept them.

According to ABC News, one set of bombers flew near Alaska while a second set just 30 minutes later flew off the west coast of California.

Officials at NORAD said that the flights over the weekend stayed in international airspace and at no time did they enter or get close to entering sovereign North American boundaries, ABC said.

The first incident occurred at approximately 10:30 a.m. EDT on Saturday. NORAD F-22 fighters intercepted and visually identified two Russian TU-95 "Bear" long-range bomber aircraft flying in an area of international waters, officials told ABC.

The second set of bombers approached California at 11:00 a.m. EDT, and were intercepted by NORAD F-15 fighters.

Northcom is not saying how far off the Californian coast the intercept occurred, but one official said it was on the outer lines of the Air Defense Identification Zone, or possibly as far out as 200 miles. U.S. airspace begins at 12 miles from the coasts, ABC News noted.

Intercepts of Russian aircraft often occur off the coast of Alaska, ABC said. They are less common off the coast of California, though in June last year, two long-range Russian bombers flew within 50 miles of northern California.

"These are not unprecedented flights, but we are postured to respond whether Alaska or California," NORAD spokesman Michael Kucharek told Fox News. "At no time did the bombers enter North American sovereign airspace."

According to Fox News, the Russian bombers are capable of carrying nuclear weapons, but a spokesman for NORAD would not confirm if either pair of bombers was armed.

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