US Air Force scrambled two F-22 stealth fighter jets and an E-3 airborne early warning plane to intercept two Russian nuclear-capable Tu-95 bombers near Alaska Monday night.
The two bombers flew approximately 280 miles southwest of Elmendorf Air Force base within US Air defense identification zone Monday night, two US officials were quoted as saying by Fox News Tuesday.
The Russian bombers were forced to reverse course and head back to their base in eastern Russia after the American jets flew alongside them for about 12 minutes.
Last week, three Russian bombers flew near the east coast of Japan, forcing the Japanese military to scramble 14 fighter jets at various times to intercept the bombers. A Russian spy plane also flew along Japan’s west coast.