Russian Warplanes Tracked Near Alaska

Russian Warplanes Tracked Near Alaska

( – On February 6, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) announced the detection and tracking of four Russian aircraft in the vicinity of Alaska, as announced in a statement. The ADIZ, or Alaska Air Defense Identification Zone, is under surveillance because it gives the military more time to respond to hostile operations.

Aircraft must identify themselves inside the ADIZ, which extends from the U.S. shoreline by 150 miles, as per NORAD’s announcement, due to national security concerns.

According to media reports, on February 7, Russia verified that two Tu-95 bombers traveled over the ocean near Alaska. According to Russia’s military ministry, the Tu-95s were accompanied by SU-30SM fighters throughout their approximately nine-hour flight.

Lieutenant General Sergei Kobylash stated that flight operations were conducted in full compliance with international regulations governing the utilization of airspace.

According to a statement from NORAD, the Russian planes did not cross into sovereign territory owned by the United States or Canada. Russian action in the ADIZ is common and not considered a security risk.

Although these Russian aircraft were not considered a threat, there has been a lot of military activity within the region lately. The United States Navy conveyed destroyers to the Alaskan coast in August in response to the sighting of eleven Russian and Chinese vessels in adjacent international seas. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) deemed the coordinated effort by Russia and China unparalleled in magnitude.

Near Alaska, U.S. warplanes, twice in a single week in February 2023, engaged Russian military jets.

In their statement, NORAD said that they are prepared to defend North America using a variety of reaction options, including fighter aircraft, ground-based and aerial radars, and a layered defensive network that includes satellites.

The NORAD Region of Alaska is able to monitor airspace above North America around the clock, week in and week out, as stated on its website.

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