USA fighter jets intercept two Russian bombers near Alaska

USAF intercept

USAF intercept

The Russian jets never entered USA or Canadian airspace, NORAD said, but it didn't give a precise location as to how close they had come.

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.

The bombers were "intercepted west of mainland Alaska were accompanied by two Russian SU-35 "Flanker" fighter jets", the statement reads, according to network.

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

A previous interception of bombers occurring on September 1 involved bombers without any Russian fighter jet escorts, CNN noted. However, defense officials said the bombers in that flight were supported by aerial refueling tankers. A pair of Russian bombers was caught flying in the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ).

Air Force Gen. Terrence J. O'Shaughnessy, commander of NORAD, said in a statement.

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They did not fly into USA or Canadian airspace.

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

Two Russian Tu-95 bombers were also intercepted by F-22's off the coast of Alaska in May, almost a year after the last encounter of this kind.

The maneuvers come as Russian forces participate in what The Associated Press reported is the nation's largest-ever military exercise.

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.

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