Russian Bear Bombers Near Alaska Intercepted Again

  • Russian Bear Bombers Near Alaska Intercepted Again

Russian Bear Bombers Near Alaska Intercepted Again

US Air Force F-22 stealth fighters intercepted two Russian strategic bombers escorted by two fighter jets near Alaska on Tuesday, marking the second time Russia has done so in a month.

According to the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), the Russian Tu-95 "bear" bombers were spotted shortly before 10pm Tuesday night.

Defense officials told Fox that two Russian bombers came within 55 miles of Alaska's west coast in May, although the aircraft did not enter United States airspace, as was the case in the other reported incidents.

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

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation claims Russian warplanes regularly fly without respecting global safety norms, such as responding to air traffic control and requests to identify themselves. A pair of Russian bombers was caught flying in the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ).

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

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

Terrance O'Shaughnessy says radar, satellites and fighter jets are used to identify aircraft and determine appropriate responses.

The bombers were accompanied by Su-35s and refueling tankers and originated from a base in the Russian Far East, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

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

Russian Federation is now conducting a large-scale military exercise in the country's east, which Moscow has called the largest drill since before the end of the Soviet Union.