The U.S. military said Wednesday that two Russian nuclear-capable bombers escorted by two fighter jets flew near Alaska on september 11 before being intercepted by a pair of Air Force F-22 stealth fighter jets, according to a statement by the North American Aerospace Defense Command.
A similar incident occurred on September 1, the Washington Free Beacon first reported.
According to the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), the Russian Tu-95 "bear" bombers were spotted shortly before 10pm Tuesday night.
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The Russian aircraft did not enter US or Canadian air space.
During the September 1 bomber incursion, the Tu-95s were not shadowed by Russian jets. The bombers didn't enter Canadian or US airspace, NORAD said. However, defense officials said the bombers in that flight were supported by aerial refueling tankers. A defense official told the newspaper that the Russian bombers, which entered the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ), south of the Aleutian Islands, may have been practicing cruise missile strikes on U.S. missile defense systems based in Alaska.
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It's the second time this month a pair of Russian bombers flew near Alaska.
No other details of the intercept were disclosed.
The Russian TU-95 bombers, which were accompanied by two Russian fighter jet escorts, turned away before entering US airspace, according to the statement, which was obtained by CNN. Russian state media said the American jets escorted its aircraft for around 40 minutes and never came closer than 100 meters, according to Reuters.
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