Four Russian military planes were detected and tracked flying in Alaska’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) on two consecutive days, according to the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). NORAD stated that the planes were not considered a threat and remained in international airspace. Such activities in the ADIZ surrounding the U.S. and Canada are regular occurrences and are monitored by NORAD. This comes at a time when tensions are heightened after recent patrols by Russian and Chinese warships near Alaska’s Aleutian Islands.
- Four Russian military planes were tracked in Alaska’s Air Defense Identification Zone on Sunday and Monday, but they were deemed not a threat by NORAD.
- Russian activity in the Alaska ADIZ is considered regular, and NORAD continuously monitors foreign activity in the zone.
- This event occurs amid heightened concerns, following Russian and Chinese warships patrolling near Alaska’s Aleutian Islands earlier in the month.
- Moscow and Beijing have stated that these patrols were part of broader maritime drills in international waters.
- American aircraft have had several encounters with Russian planes in or near the ADIZ over the years.