Last week, F-22s from the North American Aerospace Defense Command intercepted a group of Russian bombers getting a little close to Alaska for comfort. Though the two pairs of Tu-95 “Bear” bombers, and accompanying Russian aircraft, did not enter American airspace during the June 10 encounter, they entered the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone, NORAD said. Now, Russia has released video showing what the encounter looked like from their pilots’ point of view.

Another F-22 intercept of Russian bomber formations, in very similar circumstance near Alaska, occurred on Tuesday, NORAD said.

Stephen Losey is the air warfare reporter for Defense News. He previously covered leadership and personnel issues at Air Force Times, and the Pentagon, special operations and air warfare at He has traveled to the Middle East to cover U.S. Air Force operations.

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