Russian bombers intercepted near Alaska by F-22 fighters, says United States military

Russian bombers intercepted near Alaska by F-22 fighters, says United States military

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 global airspace west of Alaska at about 10 p.m. Tuesday, NORAD said in a statement Wednesday.

The US military said on September 11 two Russian Tupolev Tu-95 nuclear-capable bombers flew close to the west coast of Alaska.

The Russian warplanes did not enter USA or Canadian sovereign airspace, the statement added.

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

Two U.S. F-22 Raptor fighters met them in global airspace west of Alaska around 10 p.m. Tuesday, NORAD said.

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Tuesday's incident, which came as Russia and China kicked off massive war games in eastern Russia, marks the second time in a month USA fighters have intercepted Russian bombers near Alaska.

"The homeland is no longer a sanctuary and the ability to deter and defeat threats to our citizens, vital infrastructure, and national institutions starts with successfully detecting, tracking, and positively identifying aircraft of interest approaching USA and Canadian airspace", O'Shaughnesy said in a statement.

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.

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

'The homeland is no longer a sanctuary and the ability to deter and defeat threats to our citizens, vital infrastructure and national institutions starts with successfully detecting, tracking and positively identifying aircraft of interest approaching USA and Canadian airspace, ' NORAD Commander General Terrence J.

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