RUSSIA bombers have been intercepted for a second time in around 24 hours near the US coast amid war tensions between the two nations.
The US military revealed it had detected two Russian long-range bombers entering international airspace off the coast of Alaska on Tuesday night.
According to a US official it is believed the two TU-95 “Bear” aircraft were heading towards the mainland after they were tracked entering the US military’s Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) which extends 230 miles from the shore.
A US Air Force E-3 AWAC aircraft was reportedly dispatched from Elemendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage and accompanied the Russian planes until they turned around 35 miles from the coast.
It is understood prior to Monday there had not been any similar Russian flights since July 4, 2015, when Bear bombers were intercepted after approaching Alaska and California.