Russian aircraft enter North American Air Defense Identification Zone on 9/11

Fox News reports that two Russian aircraft were detected in the Alaskan and Canadian Air Defense Identification Zones (ADIZ) over the weekend. 

The incident was reported by the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). It took place on Sunday, Sept. 11.

NORAD reports:

On September 11, 2022, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) detected, tracked, and positively identified two Russian maritime patrol aircraft entering and operating within the Alaskan and Canadian Air Defense Identification Zones (ADIZ).”

Norad, however, said that the Russian aircraft “did not enter American nor Canadian sovereign airspace,” but rather “remained in international airspace.”

What of it?

One of the big questions here is what to make of this incident. NORAD says that they do not see it as a threat.

“This recent Russian activity in the North American ADIZ is not seen as a threat nor is the activity seen as provocative,” NORAD said.

It explained, “NORAD tracks and positively identifies foreign military aircraft that enter the ADIZ, and routinely monitors foreign aircraft movements and as required, escorts them from the ADIZ.”

NORAD added:

NORAD employs a layered defense network of satellites, ground-based radars, airborne radar and fighter aircraft to track and identify aircraft and inform appropriate actions. We remain ready to employ a number of response options in the defense of North America and Arctic sovereignty.

It’s not the first time

Fox News reports that this is far from the first time that Russian aircraft entered the North American ADIZ.

In fact, the outlet reports that “Russian surveillance aircraft entered the North American ADIZ twice in a two-day period last month.” Fox also reports that “Russia has flown nuclear-capable bombers in the ADIZ in the past, such as in 2020, when two Tu-95 bombers came within 20 nautical miles of Alaska shores.”

The New York Post further reports that “since Russia resumed long-range aviation activities in 2007, there has been an average of around seven intercepts a year.”

So, it is clear that what happened on Sunday is far from unprecedented, and it would appear that the U.S. military has everything under control. But, with the Biden administration at the helm, one can never be too certain.