Published: Thu, September 13, 2018

9/11 anniversary: Russian bombers intercepted near Alaska by United States fighter jets

9/11 anniversary: Russian bombers intercepted near Alaska by United States fighter jets

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.

Two Russian bombers were intercepted by Alaska-based fighter jets in global airspace west of the state on Tuesday, according to the North American Aerospace Defense Command.

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

This marks the second time this month a pair of Russian bombers have flown close to Alaska.

The latest incursion and aerial intercept followed another Russian bomber flights on September 1 and comes as Moscow is engaged in the largest war games in more than 37 years in Central Asia and the Russian Far East.

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 US west coast.


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

They did not fly into US or Canadian airspace.

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

The maneuvers come as Russian forces participate in what The Associated Press reported is the nation's largest-ever military exercise.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation released video of two Tu-95 "Bear" bombers and a pair of fighter jets taking off from an airbase in eastern Russia.

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