Two Russian bombers flew near the Alaskan coast for a second time. The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) had identified the aircrafts. American officials had reported that the U.S. military tracked two (Tu-95) Russian bombers that were about 36 miles away from the Alaskan coast.
According to CNBC, the Russian aircraft were identified by the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and, while they were well within the area known as the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ), they stayed in international airspace at all times, officials said. No U.S. aircraft were launched to meet them.
Meanwhile, when two Tu-95 bombers breached the ADIZ on Monday, NORAD scrambled two F-22 fighters from Elmendorf Air Force Base to intercept the Russian jets.
There was no bridge to bridge communication between the U.S. and Russian aircraft on Monday, but several U.S. military officials told NBC News that the Russians acted "very professionally."
On Tuesday, NORAD instead chose to track the Russian aircraft with an Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft. While Tuesday's flight marks only the second time Russian bombers have been off the Alaskan coast since 2015, they have flown in the area about 60 times since 2007.