NORAD Tracks and Identifies Two Russian Tu-142 Aircraft Entering Alaskan ADIZ

North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) positively identified and tracked two Tu-142 Russian maritime patrol aircraft entering the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) at 2:56 p.m. (AKST), Jan. 25.

NORAD said in a statement that the Russian aircraft were operating in international airspace but have not entered United States or Canadian sovereign airspace.

NORAD employs a layered defense network of satellites, ground-based radars, airborne radar and fighter aircraft to track and identify aircraft and determine the appropriate response.

“This deliberate identification and monitoring of aircraft entering a U.S. or Canadian ADIZ demonstrates how NORAD executes its continuous aerospace warning and aerospace control missions for the United States and Canada”, said the NORAD statement.

“Despite COVID-19, NORAD has taken deliberate measures and remains fully capable of conducting our aerospace warning, aerospace control and maritime warning missions,” the statement added.

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