NORAD detects Russian aircraft operating in Alaskan ADIZ three times in four days

American planes (illustrative photo)
American planes (illustrative photo)

Four Russian military aircraft operating in the Alaska Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) were detected and tracked on Feb. 9, according to the North American Aerospace Defense Command’s (NORAD) press release.

The Russian aircraft remained in international airspace and did not enter American or Canadian sovereign airspace. This is the third time NORAD detected and tracked Russian aircraft in four days. This Russian activity in the Alaska ADIZ occurs regularly and is not seen as a threat.

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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.

The United States has regularly reported sightings of Russian military aircraft in the Alaska region over the past year.

Earlier, Pro-Kremlin voices on social media have expressed strange optimism that Russia might somehow challenge U.S. sovereignty over Alaska.

This followed an order by Russian President Vladimir Putin directing authorities to search for foreign lands that once belonged to the former USSR the Russian Empire and register ownership over them.

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