Russian bombers intercepted off Alaska coast for 2nd time this month

Elias Hubbard
September 13, 2018

The bombers didn't enter Canadian or US airspace, NORAD said.

Russian fighter jets were caught escorting two nuclear-capable bombers off the coast of Alaska on Tuesday - marking the second such incident this month, according to United States officials.

The Russian formation never entered USA or Canadian airspace, according to the statement.

The bombers entered the US air defense identification zone near mainland Alaska Tuesday around 10:00 pm eastern time, and were accompanied by two Su-35 Flanker fighter jets, the command said in a statement. The last interception came on September 1 near the Aleutian Islands.

Two U.S. F-22 Raptor fighters met them in worldwide airspace west of Alaska around 10 p.m. Tuesday, NORAD said. O'Shaughnessy, commander of NORAD, said in a statement.

"NORAD, the joint USA and Canadian command", employs a layered defense network of radars, satellites, as well as fighters to identify aircraft and determine the appropriate response", he added.

On Sept. 1, two F-22 fighters intercepted Russian bombers flying in the Air Defense Identification Zone south of the Aleutians, NORAD said in a written statement.

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

The Russian military recently launched its largest military drill since 1981.

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. According to the country's defense ministry, the Vostok - or "East" - exercise involves some 300,000 troops and over 1,000 aircraft.

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