Military leaders from the United States and Canada have come to an agreement on the nuts and bolts retooling of NORAD, CBC news has learned. The two August incidents are the first reported by the US military since May, when F-22s intercepted Russian Bear bombers and Su-35 Flanker fighters on May 20 and May 21.
- Two F-22 and two CF-18 fighter aircraft supported by an E-3 Sentry, a KC-135 Stratotanker and a C-130 Tanker from the North American Aerospace Defense Command positively identified and intercepted two Tu-95 Bear H bombers in the Alaskan and Canadian Air Defense Identification Zones on August 8th, 2019. Last week two Russian anti-submarine warfare jets on maritime reconnaissance had entered the Alaskan ADIZ and was identified by the NORAD, but not intercepted.
The binational command focuses on the defense of both nations doesn't distinguish between the two nations when it comes to monitoring the US and Canada.
At around 60 years old, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, used in a bi-national capacity, in addition to relevant airfields, satellite network, and radar stations has required a major overhaul for a long time.
The Russian planes never entered sovereign American or Canadian airspace in either incident, NORAD said. O'Shaughnessy, Norad commander.
Operation NOBLE EAGLE is the name given to all air sovereignty and air defense missions in North America, according to the website.
Last week, two Russian aircraft entered the Alaskan ADIZ but were not intercepted by USA aircraft. The previous interception came in May when multiple Russian TU-95 and SU-35 jets were intercepted off Alaska for two days in a row.
According to ABC news, this was the fifth time Russian aircrafts have been intercepted this year by us jets.
Russian Federation has on average carried out missions close to Alaska three times per year in the last two years.
The U.S. military also flies its aircraft off the Russian coast in worldwide airspace.