Air Force Intercepts Russian Bombers Near Alaska Again

Russian bombers intercepted near Alaska

For the second time since the beginning of September, Air Force F-22 Raptors like the one above were scrambled to intercept Russian aircraft flying over worldwide waters close to United States airspace off the coast of Alaska. The last interception came on September 1 near the Aleutian Islands.

This is the second similar interception this month after American fighter jets briefly escorted Russian bombers west of Alaska on September 1.

The Russian warplanes did not enter USA or Canadian sovereign airspace, the statement added.

During the September 1 bomber incursion, the Tu-95s were not shadowed by Russian jets.

NORAD did not say how close to American airspace the Russian aircraft flew nor in which direction. However, defense officials said the bombers in that flight were supported by aerial refueling tankers.

Russian fighter jets were caught escorting two nuclear-capable bombers off the coast of Alaska on Tuesday - marking the second such incident this month, according to USA officials.

Two U.S. F-22 Raptor fighters met them in worldwide airspace west of Alaska around 10 p.m. Tuesday, NORAD said.

"The homeland is no longer a sanctuary and the ability to deter and defeat threats to our citizens, vital infrastructure, and national institutions starts with successfully detecting, tracking, and positively identifying aircraft of interest approaching USA and Canadian airspace", said General Terrence J. It added that the intercept took place while the Russian bombers were in the US Air Defense Identification Zone, which extends about 200 miles off Alaska's western coast.

The latest Bear bombers incursion coincided with the start of Russian war games known as Vostok-18 that Russian officials have said are the largest since 1981. The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, as first noted by Fox News, released a video Wednesday of two Cold War bombers escorted by fighter aircraft taking off for exercises from an airbase in eastern Russia.

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