Russian Bear Bombers Near Alaska Intercepted Again

Two Russian bombers were intercepted by American F-22 fighters off the coast of Alaska

Modal Trigger Two Russian bombers were intercepted by American F-22 fighters off the coast of Alaska. North American Aerospace Defense Command

Air Force F-22 Raptors intercepted a pair of Russian bombers and their fighter escorts this week near Alaska, according to North American Aerospace Defense Command.

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 USA airspace, as was the case in the other reported incidents.

The bombers were intercepted west of the mainland of Alaska and were accompanied by Russian Su-35 "Flanker" fighter jets and never entered airspace over the United States and Canada, NORAD said.

Such intercepts have happened about 60 times between 2007 and 2017, The New York Times reported a year ago.

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

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This marks the second time this month a pair of Russian bombers have flown close to Alaska.

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

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No other details of the intercept were disclosed. The Russian planes did not enter sovereign US airspace on either of the previous two occasions.

Those planes were also intercepted by F-22 fighters after they crossed into the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone south of the Aleutian Islands.

The Russian military recently launched its largest military drill since 1981. However, during that earlier intercept, the Russian Tu-95s were not escorted by Russian fighter jets.

An estimated 300,000 troops, 1,000 aircraft, and 900 tanks and military vehicles are taking part in the maneuvers held in central Asia near Mongolia and in the Sea of Japan, Bering Sea and Sea of Okhotsk.

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