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Four Russian aircraft were detected and intercepted by the Alaskan Region of North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) on Feb. 14, 2023.
These aircraft were approaching the Alaska Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ). However, they remained in international airspace and did not enter American or Canadian airspace, according to a NORAD press release. This is the second interception of a Russian aircraft in two days.
“This Russian activity near the North American ADIZ occurs regularly and is not seen as a threat, nor is the activity seen as provocative. As before, NORAD had anticipated this Russian activity and, as a result of our planning, was prepared to intercept it,” stated the NORAD press release.
No connection to recent UFOs
The press release made it a point to reassure the public that the recent Russian aircraft activity is not connected to the recent objects that NORAD has tracked and subsequently shot down in the last two weeks.
The Russian aircraft included TU-95 BEAR-H, SU-30 fighter aircraft and SU-35 fighter aircraft. Their presence in the area was considered routine. Two NORAD F-35A fighters intercepted the Russian aircraft.
Russia’s Long-Range Aviation activity
Since 2007, Russia has been conducting Long Range Aviation activity. And since then, NORAD has prepared to intercept approximately six to seven Russian military aircraft at the ADIZ. Over the years, the number of Russian aircrafts has varied from as high as 15 to as low as zero.
It is under NORAD’s mandate to track and identify foreign military aircraft that enter the ADIZ. If necessary, it escorts them from the area as well.
“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 defense of North America and Arctic sovereignty,” stated the release.