Russian bombers were intercepted near Alaska

Russian bombers intercepted near Alaska

Two US air force fighter jet F-22 of 11 September made the intercept and escort two Russian strategic Tu-95 bombers in the sky just off the coast of Alaska.

A similar incident occurred on September 1, the Washington Free Beacon first reported.

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

"The Russian aircraft remained in global airspace and at no time did the aircraft enter United States or Canadian sovereign airspace", NORAD said. The Russian planes did not enter sovereign USA airspace on either of the previous two occasions. However, defense officials said the bombers in that flight were supported by aerial refueling tankers.

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Under its rules, the USA requests any foreign aircraft to identify itself and its flight plan when entering the air defense zone.

The Navy's major ballistic missile submarine base is located at Bangor, Washington.

Tuesday's incident, which came as Russia and China kicked off massive war games in eastern Russia, marks the second time in a month U.S. fighters have intercepted Russian bombers near Alaska.

The aircraft were "intercepted and monitored" by the USA jets until they left the zone, heading west.

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Russian bombers in the past have conducted mock missile attacks against USA missile defenses in Alaska.

American fighter jets intercepted four Russian military aircraft while they were flying in global airspace west of Alaska earlier this week, officials said.

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. Russian state media said the American jets escorted its aircraft for around 40 minutes and never came closer than 100 meters, according to Reuters.

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