United States fighters intercept Russian bomber near Alaska

Russian bombers flew near Alaska, intercepted by Air Force jets, US military says

Russian bombers intercepted off Alaska coast for 2nd time this month

The Tu-95 "Bear" bombers and a pair of Su-35 "Flanker" fighters - advanced aircraft that entered the Russian arsenal in 2014 - were discovered in global airspace west of Alaska at about 10 p.m. Tuesday, NORAD said in a statement Wednesday.

"The Russian aircraft remained in worldwide airspace and at no time did the aircraft enter United States or Canadian sovereign airspace", NORAD said.

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

Two US F-22 "Raptor" fighter jets intercepted two Russian TU-95 bombers on Tuesday, according to a statement released by North American Aerospace Defense Command. However, during that earlier intercept, the Russian Tu-95s were not escorted by Russian fighter jets. However, defense officials said the bombers in that flight were supported by aerial refueling tankers. The incident did occur, however, within the U.S. Air Defense Identification Zone, which extends 200 miles off Alaska's coast.

Air Force Gen. Terrence J. The Russian planes did not enter sovereign USA airspace on either of the previous two occasions. O'Shaughnessy, commander of NORAD, said in a statement.

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No other details of the intercept were disclosed.

An Air Force F-22 fighter jet intercepts one of the Russian Tu-95 bombers near Alaska on Tuesday.

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 drills involve almost 300,000 Russian troops along with 1,000 Russian aircraft, 36,000 tanks and other combat vehicles, the news agency said.

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