The intercept marks the second time in as many weeks that Air Force F-22 Raptor fighter jets intercepted Russian bomber formations near Alaska and the eighth time this year that Russian military aircraft have penetrated the ADIZ
Four times this year, North American Aerospace Defense Command has reported Russian aircraft flying into the Air Defense Identification Zone that extends about 200 miles from Alaska's coast
"Given the unpredictability, you have to make sure that you maintain a safe distance and don't assume anything."
The U.S. Navy said on Wednesday that one of its aircraft was intercepted by a Russian jet while flying in international airspace over the Mediterranean Sea
The U.S. military deployed fighter jets to intercept two pairs of Russian aircraft as they entered the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone on Saturday, North American Aerospace Defense Command announced, the second and third intercepts of Russian aircraft in the area this week