The North American Aerospace Defense Command says in a statement that two F-22 Raptor fighter jets identified and intercepted two Russian TU-95 Bear bombers at 6 p.m. Alaska time on Tuesday.
The latest incursion and aerial intercept followed another Russian bomber flights on September 1 and comes as Moscow is engaged in the largest war games in more than 37 years in Central Asia and the Russian Far East.
Two Russian Tu-95 Bear bombers approached Alaska Tuesday, causing the United States to dispatch to F-22 stealth fighters to enter the strategic Cold War-era bombers. "The identiﬁcation and monitoring of aircraft entering a USA or Canadian Air Defense identiﬁcation Zone demonstrates how NORAD executes its aerospace warning and aerospace control missions for the United States and Canada". The TU-95 is a nuclear-capable bomber, according to The Hill.
Tuesday's incident, which came as Russia and China kicked off massive war games in eastern Russia, marks the second time in a month USA fighters have intercepted Russian bombers near Alaska. It added that the intercept took place while the Russian bombers were in the US Air Defense Identification Zone, which extends about 200 miles off Alaska's western coast.
They did not fly into US or Canadian airspace.
Russian bombers in the past have conducted mock missile attacks against USA missile defenses in Alaska.
The Russian TU-95 bombers, which were accompanied by two Russian fighter jet escorts, turned away before entering US airspace, according to the statement, which was obtained by CNN. 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.