Russian bombers intercepted by US fighter jets west of Alaska


The incident marks the second time US F-22s have intercepted Russian bombers off the coast of Alaska this month.

The US Air Force said on Wednesday that two of their fighter jets intercepted two Russian bombers near Alaska.

Two Russian Tu-95 Bear bombers, which are traditionally armed with a variety of air-launched cruise missiles, accompanied by Su-35 Flanker fighter jets were picked up by U.S. aircraft "west of mainland Alaska", North American Aerospace Defense Command said in a statement Wednesday.

NORAD added that the "Russian aircraft remained in worldwide airspace and at no time did the aircraft enter United States or Canadian airspace".

The aircraft were "intercepted and monitored" by the USA jets until they left the zone, heading west. A pair of Russian bombers was caught flying in the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ).

A similar incident occurred on September 1, the Washington Free Beacon first reported. "At some stages of the route, the aircraft of Russia's Aerospace Forces were escorted by two F-22 fighter jets of the US Air Force".

"NORAD, the joint US and Canadian command", employs a layered defense network of radars, satellites, as well as fighters to identify aircraft and determine the appropriate response", he added.

Tuesday's incident comes just a week after a similar interception of Russian bombers south of the Aleutian Islands.

Two Russian Tu-95 Bear bombers approached Alaska Tuesday, causing the U.S. to dispatch to F-22 stealth fighters to enter the strategic Cold War-era bombers.

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.