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15 September 2018, 07:36 | Erica Roy
Two Russian bombers were intercepted by American F-22 fighters off the coast of Alaska. North American Aerospace Defense Command
For the second time since the beginning of September, Air Force F-22 Raptors like the one above were scrambled to intercept Russian aircraft flying over global waters close to United States airspace off the coast of 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.
They were intercepted by a pair of Air Force F-22 stealth fighter jets, according to a statement by the North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD). "The Russian airplane remained in global airspace and at no time did the airplane enter United States or Canadian airspace", the assertion talked about.
NORAD did not say how close to American airspace the Russian aircraft flew nor in which direction.
During the September 1 bomber incursion, the Tu-95s were not shadowed by Russian jets. The identification and monitoring of aircraft entering a U.S. or Canadian Air Defense Identification Zone demonstrates how NORAD executes its aerospace warning and aerospace control missions for the United States and Canada.
The Navy's major ballistic missile submarine base is located at Bangor, Washington.
The first interception took place on September 1 when another pair of Russian bombers flew near Alaska.
Two Russian Tu-95 bombers were also intercepted by F-22's off the coast of Alaska in May, almost a year after the last encounter of this kind.
The latest Bear bombers incursion coincided with the start of Russian war games known as Vostok-18 that Russian officials have said are the largest since 1981. However, during that earlier intercept, the Russian Tu-95s were not escorted by Russian fighter jets.
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