North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) has identified and tracked two Tu-142 Russian maritime patrol aircraft inside the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ).
According to NORAD, the maritime patrol aircraft were in international airspace on 25 January. However, the aircraft did not enter US or Canadian sovereign airspace.
The binational command noted that it did not scramble any aircraft to intercept.
NORAD said that it is able to track, identify and respond to possible incursions using ‘a layered defence network of satellites, ground-based radars, airborne radar and fighter aircraft’.
It carries out all air sovereignty and air defence missions in North America under Operation NOBLE EAGLE.
In a release, NORAD said:…