PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (June 22, 2010) North American Aerospace Defense Command will conduct multiple exercise flights today in the skies in the vicinity of northern West Virginia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and Richmond, Va. The flights will take place in the early afternoon, and people may hear and see NORAD fighter aircraft in close proximity with DOD-contracted general aviation aircraft as they practice their intercept and identification procedures.
This exercise has been carefully planned and will be closely controlled to ensure the safety of the exercise and those participants in the area of operations. The exercise will test NORADs air sovereignty alert sites rapid response capability to an aerospace threat.
NORAD has conducted exercise flights of this nature throughout the U.S. and Canada since the start of Operation Noble Eagle, the commands response to the terrorist attacks that occurred on Sept. 11, 2001. Each exercise flight utilizes a scenario to test NORADs response, systems and equipment. Scenarios could include counter-drug operations, aircraft in distress, aircraft defecting, hijacking, unknown aircraft, Dangerous Military Activity, Temporary Flight Restriction violation or airborne terrorist.
Source: HQ NORAD & USNORTHCOM
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