Russian plane spotted in North American air defense identification zone

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Two Russian naval patrol planes were spotted and tracked off the coast of Alaska and Canada on Sunday, Sept. 11, officials said.

The aircraft entered and operated in the Alaska and Canada Air Defense Identification Zones (ADIZ), but did not enter US sovereign airspace, according to the North American Air Defense Command (NORAD).

“This latest Russian activity in the North American industrial zone is not seen as a threat nor as a provocation,” NORAD said.

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On Monday, March 9, 2020, a Russian Tu-142 naval reconnaissance aircraft was intercepted in the upper right near the coast of Alaska.
(North American Air Defense Command via AP)

A Russian reconnaissance plane entered the ADIZ region of North America twice in the space of two days last month.

NORAD uses a network of satellites and ground-based radars to monitor the ADIZ region, which stretches along the shores of Alaska and Canada.


Russia has launched nuclear-capable bombers in the ADIZ region in the past, as in 2020, when two Tu-95 bombers approached 20 nautical miles from the shores of Alaska.

“We remain prepared to use a number of response options in defense of North American and Arctic sovereignty,” NORAD said Monday.

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