U.S. fighter jets intercepted two Russian aircraft near Alaska, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, said Thursday.

“F-22 fighters, supported by KC-135 Stratotanker and E-3 AWACS aircraft from the North American Aerospace Defense Command intercepted two Russian IL-38 aircraft entering the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone,” it said on Twitter of the encounter Wednesday.

The Russian aircraft were intercepted in the Bering Sea, north of the Aleutian Islands, and did not enter U.S. or Canadian sovereign airspace, said the command.

“COVID-19 or not, NORAD continues actively watching for threats and defending the homelands 24 hours a day,

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