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US F-22 fighter jets intercept Russian bombers near Alaska

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
Deanna Wagner | 14 September, 2018, 08:14

Two Russian bombers were intercepted by two U.S. F-22 fighter jets near Alaska on Tuesday, said the USA military on Wednesday.

The Tu-95 "Bear" bombers and a pair of Su-35 "Flanker" fighters - advanced aircraft that entered the Russian arsenal in 2014 - were discovered in worldwide airspace west of Alaska at about 10 p.m. Tuesday, NORAD said in a statement Wednesday.

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

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. 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.

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

No other details of the intercept were disclosed.

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

The bombers were accompanied by two Russian Su-35 Flanker fighter jets.

The Russian TU-95 bombers, which were accompanied by two Russian fighter jet escorts, turned away before entering USA airspace, according to the statement, which was obtained by CNN.

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.

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.