A pair of U.S. Air Drive stealth fighter jets intercepted two Russian nuclear-capable bombers Friday morning off the coast of Alaska, a spokesman for NORAD (North American Aeorospace Protection Command) advised Fox Information.
It is reported that the U.S. air force have intercepted the Russian Tu-95 bombers, which were in the zone of identification of air defense.
Earlier this month, a Russian fighter jet buzzed a U.S. Navy reconnaissance aircraft within the Baltic Sea. At no time did the bombers enter North American sovereign airspace, said the NORAD spokesman, Canadian Army Maj.
The Russian aircraft were monitored by the F-22s until the bombers left the ADIZ along the Aleutian Islands.
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Russia regularly tests the patience and nerve of its rivals by flying near or through enemy airspace and it is just the latest examples of belligerent Russian activity in recent weeks.
It was not clear if the Russian air operation was an opportunity for real-world training or if it was in response to US and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military operations elsewhere.
Earlier, the US jets intercepted Russia's aircraft on May 3, 2017.
Friday's incident was relatively routine, but more aggressive maneuvers have anxious defense officials and diplomats who said the encounters may eventually cause collisions or miscalculations that lead to a shoot-down.