COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – For the third time in four days, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) detected and tracked four Russian military aircraft operating in the Alaska Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ), according to a statement from the agency.
The Russian aircraft remained in international airspace and did not enter American or Canadian sovereign airspace. This Russian activity is not seen as a threat.
An ADIZ begins where sovereign airspace ends and is a defined stretch of international airspace that requires the ready identification of all aircraft in the interest of national security.
In February of 2023, U.S. aircraft including two F16 fighters intercepted four Russian aircraft that flew into a buffer zone of international airspace near Alaska. This was a few days before the U.S. reported shooting down UFOs in the region.
In October 2022, NORAD detected, tracked, positively identified and intercepted two Russian Tu-95 Bear-H bombers entering and operating within the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone. This was
NORAD employs a layered defense network of satellites, ground-based and airborne radars and fighter aircraft to detect and track aircraft and inform appropriate actions. NORAD remains ready to employ a number of response options in defense of North America.
NORAD released no additional details on the Russian aircraft tracked this week.