United States fighter jets on Wednesday intercepted two Russian bomber formations comprised of eight warplanes just 30 miles from Alaska, the U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command confirmed in a series of tweets.
The first formation to be intercepted consisted of two Tu-95 bombers, two Su-35 fighter jets and a single A-50 warning aircraft.
The second intercepted bomber formation included two more Tu-95 bombers and another A-50 aircraft.
NORAD Commander Air Force Gen. Terrence J. O'Shaughnessy said the intercepts "demonstrate the forces' readiness" to defend the homelands.
"Flying air patrols protects the approaches to our nations and sends a clear message we continue executing our homeland defense missions with the same capability and capacity we always bring to the fight," O'Shaughnessy said.
The Russian Defense Ministry posted a video of their bombers being intercepted: