The Chilly Conflict-era Russian bombers, which date to the 1950s, have been intercepted by U.S. Air Drive F-22 stealth fighter jets round 10 a.m. EDT. After intercepting American planes watched the Tu-95 until they left identification zone in the Western direction.
The identification zone extends about 200 miles off the Alaskan coast and is mostly worldwide airspace, Miller said, though Russian military activity will often prompt an in-kind response for USA warplanes.
Two US fighter jets have intercepted two Russian bombers in global airspace off the coast of Alaska.
According to the statement, the Russian bombers never entered United States airspace and were escorted by the USA stealth fighters until they left the Identification Zone.
"At no time did the Russian bombers enter North American sovereign airspace", Hennessy said in a statement to AFP.
The Washington Free Beacon, a conservative news website, first reported the intercept.
Miller declined to say how close the bombers came to USA land.
They said the bombers were escorted by fighter jets and a reconnaissance jet that also acts as an anti-submarine platform. The Russian Sukhoi Su-27 jet came within 20 feet of the American P-8 in global airspace.
Regular air patrols by Russian planes over neutral waters in seas and oceans around the world are carried out in strict accordance with global regulations on the use of airspace.
Separately, Saturday marked the 60th anniversary of the founding of NORAD, the command that monitors all air activity emanating from within and outside North American airspace.