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Press Release | July 26, 2023

NORAD Air Defense Exercise Over Nova Scotia


PETERSON SPACE FORCE BASE, COLO. – North American Aerospace Defense Command will conduct a planned live-fly air defense exercise over Nova Scotia today.

NORAD CF-18s will participate in the exercise. Aircraft will operate at approximately 25,000 feet, and will not likely be visible to the public except in the vicinity of Canadian Forces Base Greenwood during landing and take-off.

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 are closely controlled.

The defense of Canada and the United States is NORAD’s top priority. Operation NOBLE EAGLE is the name given to air sovereignty and air defense missions in North America. For 65 years, NORAD aircraft have identified and intercepted potential air threats to North America in the execution of the command’s aerospace warning and aerospace control missions.


NOTE TO EDITORS: For further information, please contact NORAD Public Affairs at (719) 554-6889 or at

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