US Air Force F-22 stealth fighters intercepted two Russian strategic bombers escorted by two fighter jets near Alaska on Tuesday, marking the second time Russia has done so in a month.
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.
"At no time did the aircraft enter United States or Canadian sovereign airspace", NORAD said.
The first interception took place on September 1 when another pair of Russian bombers flew near Alaska.
The aircraft were "intercepted and monitored" by the US jets until they left the zone, heading west.
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 USA west coast.
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Such intercepts have happened about 60 times between 2007 and 2017, The New York Times reported a year ago.
No other details of the intercept were disclosed.
Two Russian Tu-95 Bear bombers approached Alaska Tuesday, causing the USA to dispatch to F-22 stealth fighters to enter the strategic Cold War-era bombers. "At some stages of the route, the aircraft of Russia's Aerospace Forces were escorted by two F-22 fighter jets of the US Air Force". The bombers didn't enter Canadian or US airspace, NORAD said.
The maneuvers come as Russian forces participate in what The Associated Press reported is the nation's largest-ever military exercise.
The drills involve almost 300,000 Russian troops along with 1,000 Russian aircraft, 36,000 tanks and other combat vehicles, the news agency said.