Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Russia bombers off Alaska intercepted by US fighter jets

Russia bombers off Alaska intercepted by US fighter jets

For the second time since the beginning of September, Air Force F-22 Raptors like the one above were scrambled to intercept Russian aircraft flying over global waters close to United States airspace off the coast of Alaska.

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

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.

It's the second time this month a pair of Russian bombers flew near Alaska.

"The Russian aircraft remained in worldwide airspace and at no time did the aircraft enter United States or Canadian sovereign airspace", NORAD said echoing past statements that appeared to minimize the provocative nature of the incursions.

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

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

The bombers are capable of carrying nuclear-tipped KH-55 long-range cruise missiles that have a maximum range of up to 1,841 miles - enough to hit targets in Alaska and the US west coast.

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

No other details of the intercept were disclosed.

Earlier Wednesday, the Russian military released video on Twitter showing a pair of Cold War era Tu-95 "Bear" bombers and a pair of fighter jets taking off from an airbase in eastern Russia.

The U.S. Air Force says two of its fighter jets have intercepted and monitored Russian bombers in worldwide air space west of mainland Alaska. According to the country's defense ministry, the Vostok - or "East" - exercise involves some 300,000 troops and over 1,000 aircraft.

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