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Russia bombers off Alaska intercepted by US fighter jets

Russia bombers off Alaska intercepted by US fighter jets

Two US F-22 "Raptor" fighter jets intercepted two Russian TU-ninety five bombers on Tuesday, per an announcement launched by North American Aerospace Protection Portray.The Russian bombers "intercepted west of mainland Alaska had been accompanied by two Russian SU-35 "Flanker" fighter jets", NORAD talked about in an announcement issued Wednesday.

A similar incident occurred on September 1, the Washington Free Beacon first reported. "The Russian airplane remained in global airspace and at no time did the airplane enter United States or Canadian airspace", the assertion talked about.

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

NBC News points out that it's not uncommon for these events to occur, and Russian aircraft have been accused several times of violating the airspace of America's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies and flying dangerously close to us ships and aircraft in the Black Sea.

Those planes were also intercepted by F-22 fighters after they crossed into the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone south of the Aleutian Islands.

The Navy's major ballistic missile submarine base is located at Bangor, Washington.

The incident marks the second time US F-22s have intercepted Russian bombers off the coast of Alaska this month.

The bombers and jet fighters also were likely testing US air defenses to gauge NORAD responses and how quickly they respond to incursions in protected airspace. The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, as first noted by Fox News, released a video Wednesday of two Cold War bombers escorted by fighter aircraft taking off for exercises from an airbase in eastern Russia.

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

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