The U.S. scrambled jet fighters to intercept two Russian bombers that flew near the Alaskan coast on Monday night, several American officials said.
Illustrative photo of an American F-15 intercepting a Russian Tu-95 Bear Bomber during a Russian exercise near the west coast of Alaska in 2008.
Russian bombers intercepted by U.S.
There was no bridge-to-bridge communication between the United States and Russian aircraft, but three USA officials said the Russians acted "very professionally".
North American Aerospace Defence Command monitors air approaches to North America and defends the airspace.
Fox News reports that the F-22s flew next to the bombers for 12 minutes before the Russian planes turned around and flew back to their home base.
The 1950s-era turboprop planes - which happen to be the only propellor-powered strategic bombers still in operation - never entered American air space and returned to their base in eastern Russian Federation without incident.
However, NORTHCOM confirmed to ABC News that the Russian planes were in the U.S. Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ), which stretches 200 miles out from shore.