Russian Surveillance Aircraft Entered Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone: Report


A Russian surveillance aircraft is reported to have entered the Alaskanair defense identification zone twice over a two-day period, the North American Aerospace Defense Command said Tuesday.

“On two separate occasions, over the past 2 days, the Alaskan NORAD Region detected, tracked and identified Russian surveillance aircraft entering and operating within the Alaskan ADIZ. The Russian aircraft did not enter American or Canadian sovereign airspace,” the agency said in a statement on its social media.

An air defense identification zone is a self-declared airspace zone surrounding a country or a territory. The country is allowed to identify any foreign military aircraft that passes through the airspace. “The ready identification, location, and control of all aircraft” are necessary for all aircraft entering the ADIZ due to national security purposes, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Foreign aircraft are legally allowed to fly through the airspace. Although, doing so could be seen as an act of aggression as the aircraft could cross into sovereign airspace…. (Read more)

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