NORAD to conduct exercise flights in the Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz. areas
NORAD and USNORTHCOM Public Affairs
May 30, 2012
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) will conduct exercise flights tonight as they practice intercept and identification procedures. Exercise flights will take place west of the Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona areas. Although they are scheduled for the evening, the exercise flights could be delayed due to weather concerns.
Those in and around Sierra Vista, Tonto National Forest and areas west of Phoenix and Tucson, AZ area may hear and/or see NORAD-controlled fighter jets in close proximity to a military or military contracted aircraft, which will be taking on the role of Tracks of Interest (TOI).
In order to test responses, systems and equipment, NORAD continuously conducts exercises with a variety of scenarios, including airspace restriction violations, hijackings and responding to unknown aircraft. All NORAD exercises are carefully planned and closely controlled.
NORAD has conducted exercise flights of this nature throughout Canada and the U.S. since the start of Operation Noble Eagle, the commandís response to the terrorist attacks that occurred on Sept. 11, 2001.
NORAD is the bi-national Canadian and American command that provides maritime warning, aerospace warning and aerospace control for Canada and the United States. The command has three subordinate regional headquarters: the Alaskan NORAD Region at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska; the Canadian NORAD Region at Canadian Forces Base Winnipeg, Manitoba; and the Continental NORAD Region at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.