The Russian TU-95 bombers, which were accompanied by two Russian fighter jet escorts, turned away before entering USA airspace, according to the statement, which was obtained by CNN.
The Russian warplanes did not enter US or Canadian sovereign airspace, the statement added.
It's the second time this month that Russian aircraft have been intercepted in Air Defense Identification Zone, Hennessy said.
USA fighter jets intercepted two Russian nuclear-capable bombers west of Alaska on Tuesday, according to a statement from North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). The previous intercept occurred on September 1.
In May, two defense officials told Fox News that two similar bombers came within 55 miles of the state's west coast.
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The aircraft were "intercepted and monitored" by the USA jets until they left the zone, heading west.
'The homeland is no longer a sanctuary and the ability to deter and defeat threats to our citizens, vital infrastructure and national institutions starts with successfully detecting, tracking and positively identifying aircraft of interest approaching U.S. and Canadian airspace, ' NORAD Commander General Terrence J.
An Air Force F-22 fighter jet intercepts one of the Russian Tu-95 bombers near Alaska on Tuesday. The Russian planes did not enter sovereign US airspace on either of the previous two occasions.
Terrance O'Shaughnessy says radar, satellites and fighter jets are used to identify aircraft and determine appropriate responses.
The latest Bear bombers incursion coincided with the start of Russian war games known as Vostok-18 that Russian officials have said are the largest since 1981.