The North American Air Defense Command reported at least two active attempts by Russian reconnaissance aircraft to conduct flights in the air defense zone of Alaska.
This was announced on August 10 by the joint NORAD command on Twitter, writes Evropeyskaya Pravda.
“In two separate cases over the past two days, the NORAD region in Alaska detected, tracked and identified Russian reconnaissance aircraft entering and operating within the Alaska air defense system,” the statement said.
The report clarifies that Russian aviation did not enter the sovereign airspace of the United States or Canada.
An Air Defense Identification Zone is a self-proclaimed area of airspace surrounding a country or territory within which it will attempt to identify foreign military aircraft.
NORAD uses a multi-layered defense network of satellites, ground-based radars, airborne radars and fighter aircraft to identify foreign aircraft and develop responses.
In the months leading up to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, China regularly sent warplanes into the island’s air defense zone.