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News | April 12, 2022

NORAD to conduct live-fly air defense exercise over the coast of Louisiana

By NORAD Public Affairs

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – North American Aerospace Defense Command will conduct a live-fly air defense exercise today over the coast of Louisiana from approximately 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. C.D.T.


NORAD fighter and general aviation aircraft will participate in the exercise. The aircraft will operate at approximately 9,500 feet and may be visible to the public.


To test responses, systems and equipment, NORAD routinely conducts air defense exercises using a variety of scenarios, including airspace restriction violations, hijackings and responding to unknown aircraft. All NORAD exercises are carefully planned and closely controlled.


The defense of Canada and the United States is NORAD's top priority, and its forces are on watch 24/7/365. Operation NOBLE EAGLE is the name given to air sovereignty and air defense missions in North America. For more than 60 years, NORAD aircraft have identified and intercepted potential air threats to North America in the execution of its aerospace warning and aerospace control missions.




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