[Ed. – We can assume a chief task for these bombers was simulating an exercise-driven strategic mission. Interesting that this flight occurred on Tuesday (11 September), the first day of the Russian Vostok 2018 exercise. More detail on the exercise, held jointly with China and scheduled to run through Saturday, will be of great interest.]
According to a statement from the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) on Wednesday, two Russian Tu-95 “Bear” bombers and two Su-35 “Flanker” fighter jets crossed into the Alaska Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) on Tuesday. The incident reportedly took place at 22:00 (10 p.m.) Eastern Time. …
It is the second time this month that Russian bombers have flown near Alaska. On September 1, two bombers were intercepted by F-22 fighters after crossing into the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone south of the Aleutian Islands.
Russia is currently holding its Vostok-2018 drills, its largest show of military force since 1981 at the height of the Cold War. The drills involve a total of 297,000 service personnel, over 1,000 aircraft, 36,000 tanks, and other vehicles, as well as 80 warships. Chinese and Mongolian troops are also taking part in the exercises.