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Press Release | Feb. 8, 2024

NORAD detects Russian aircraft operating in the Alaskan ADIZ

North American Aerospace Defense Command Public Affairs

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) detected and tracked two Russian military aircraft operating in the Alaska Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) on February 8, 2024.

The Russian aircraft remained in international airspace and did not enter American or Canadian sovereign airspace. This is the second time NORAD detected and tracked Russian aircraft in three days. This Russian activity in the Alaska ADIZ occurs regularly and is not seen as a threat.

An ADIZ begins where sovereign airspace ends and is a defined stretch of international airspace that requires the ready identification of all aircraft in the interest of national security.

NORAD employs a layered defense network of satellites, ground-based and airborne radars and fighter aircraft to detect and track aircraft and inform appropriate actions. NORAD remains ready to employ a number of response options in defense of North America.


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

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