U.S. fighter jets have intercepted another group of Russian planes near Alaska for the fifth time this month.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command confirmed that F-22 planes and a KC-135 Stratotanker intercepted two Russian Il-38 aircraft roughly 50 miles from Alaska after the planes flew through the Alaska Air Defense Identification Zone.
Five of the nine similar intercepts near Alaska in 2020 have occurred in the past three weeks.
"For the fifth time this month, NORAD has demonstrated our readiness and ability to defend the homeland by intercepting Russian military aircraft entering our ADIZ," said NORAD Commander Gen. Terrence O'Shaughnessy in a statement. "The mission assurance measures we are taking to protect our people ensure we are meeting the challenges and operating through the COVID-19 environment to defend our nations, just as NORAD forces have for more than 60 years."