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Russian bombers intercepted off Alaska coast for 2nd time this month

Russian bombers intercepted off Alaska coast for 2nd time this month

Air Force F-22 Raptors intercepted a pair of Russian bombers and their fighter escorts this week near Alaska, according to North American Aerospace Defense Command.

Two Russian Tu-95 Bear bombers, which are traditionally armed with a variety of air-launched cruise missiles, accompanied by Su-35 Flanker fighter jets were picked up by U.S. aircraft "west of mainland Alaska", North American Aerospace Defense Command said in a statement Wednesday.

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

It's the second time this month a pair of Russian bombers flew near Alaska.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation claims Russian warplanes regularly fly without respecting worldwide safety norms, such as responding to air traffic control and requests to identify themselves.

They did not fly into US or Canadian airspace.

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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.

"NORAD employs a layered defense network of radars, satellites, as well as fighters to identify aircraft and determine the appropriate response", he added. The last interception came on September 1 near the Aleutian Islands.

No other details of the intercept were disclosed.

"Tu-95 MS strategic long-range bombers of the Russian Aerospace Forces performed scheduled flights over the neutral waters of the Arctic Ocean, the Bering Sea and the Sea of Okhotsk", the Russian Defense ministry said in a statement to TASS.

The Russian military recently launched its largest military drill since 1981.

The bombers were accompanied by two Russian Su-35 Flanker fighter jets.