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On Tuesday, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) observed four Russian military aircraft operating within the Alaska Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ), an area extending 150 miles off the US coast designed to facilitate early detection and response to potential threats.

NORAD confirmed that these aircraft maintained their presence in international airspace without breaching USS or Canadian sovereign territories. This activity by Russian planes in the vicinity of Alaska is characterized by NORAD as “routine” and not perceived as a threat to North American security.


Russia acknowledged the flight of two Tu-95 bombers on Wednesday, reporting a nine-hour mission that complied with international airspace regulations, as stated by Lt. Gen. Sergei Kobylash, Russia’s long-range aviation commander. These flights over international waters are part of Russia’s regular operations in various global regions.

The observation of Russian military activity near Alaska aligns with historical patterns, including the US Navy’s monitoring of joint Chinese and Russian naval exercises near the Aleutian Islands and the interception of Russian aircraft by US fighter jets in prior instances.


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