For the second consecutive night, Russia flew two long-range bombers off the coast of Alaska on Tuesday, this time is within 36 km from the mainland, during the flight north of the Aleutian Islands, two U.S. officials told Fox News.
The two nuclear-capable Tu-95H bombers were spotted by the AMERICAN military radar at 5 pm local time.
In contrast to a similar incident Monday night, this time the AMERICAN air force not scramble all fighter jets.
Instead, it launched a single E-3 Sentry early warning aircraft, known as AWACS, to make sure there were only the two Russian bombers flying near Alaska, and not those of other aircraft flying the big bombers.
The US territorial waters extend 12 nautical miles from the coast.
Two Russian bombers flew within a radius of 100 km from Alaska on Monday night.
The Russian bombers took off from an air base in Petropavlovsk, Russia, and returned five hours later to an air force base in Anadyr. Both locations are in the east of Russia, approximately 1000 km away.
Last week in Moscow, Secretary of state Rex Tillerson said the U.S.-Russian relations were at a “low point” during a press conference with the Russian Minister of Foreign affairs Sergey Lavrov.
While Tillerson was in Moscow, a trio of Russian bombers near the coast of the east of Japan, allowing the Japanese military to scramble 14 fighter jets at different times to the bombers to intercept. A Russian spy plane crossed Japan’s west coast.
Before Monday’s flight near Alaska, the last time Russian bombers close to the US was 4 July 2015, when a pair of Russian bombers off the coast of Alaska and California, to come as close as 40 miles to Mendocino, California.
Russian President Vladimir Putin called President Barack Obama to wish him a happy Day of the Independence, while the bombers cruised the California coast.
In February, a Russian spy ship sailed up and down the east coast of the US, while remaining in international waters.
Luke Tomlinson is the Pentagon and the State Department producer Fox News Channel. You can follow him on Twitter: @LucasFoxNews