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Two Russian maritime patrol planes were detected and tracked off the coast of Alaska and Canada on Sunday, officials said.
The aircraft entered and operated the Alaska and Canada Air Defense Identification Zones (ADIZ), but did not enter American sovereign airspace, according to the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).
“This recent Russian activity in North American ADIZ is not seen as a threat nor is the activity seen as provocative,” NORAD said.
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Last month, Russian surveillance planes entered the North American ADIZ twice in a two-day period.
NORAD uses a network of satellites and ground radars to monitor the ADIZ, which stretches along the coasts of Alaska and Canada.
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Russia has piloted nuclear bombers in the ADIZ in the past, as in 2020, when two Tu-95 bombers arrived within 20 nautical miles of the coast of Alaska.
“We remain ready to employ a range of response options in defending North America and Arctic sovereignty,” NORAD said Monday.