Russian fighter jets were caught escorting two nuclear-capable bombers off the coast of Alaska on Tuesday - marking the second such incident this month, according to USA officials.
The Russian aircraft did not enter US or Canadian air space.
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 previous intercept occurred on September 1.
NORAD, however, released a photo of an F-22 flying close to one of the Russian bombers.
On May 11, USA jets shadowed a pair of Tu-95s as they flew in the zone, which extends 200 miles from the coast, in the Bering Sea north of the Aleutians.
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The incident marks the second time US F-22s have intercepted Russian bombers off the coast of Alaska this month.
The aircraft were "intercepted and monitored" by the US jets until they left the zone, heading west.
Two Russian Tu-95 Bear bombers approached Alaska Tuesday, causing the United States to dispatch to F-22 stealth fighters to enter the strategic Cold War-era bombers. The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, as first noted by Fox News, released a video Wednesday of two Cold War bombers escorted by fighter aircraft taking off for exercises 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 Russian planes did not enter sovereign US airspace on either of the previous two occasions.
The state-run Russian news agency TASS reported Wednesday that Tu-95 bombers practiced launching strategic nuclear cruise missiles that destroyed ground targets at a training base in Buryatia, a region of Russia north of Mongolia.