Russland/USANORAD Plans Exercise With Russian Air Force

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo., Aug. 3, 2010 — The Russ­ian air force and the North Amer­i­can Aero­space Defense Com­mand will con­duct their first coop­er­a­tive air defense exer­cise, NORAD offi­cials announced.

Russia’s Fed­er­al Air Nav­i­ga­tion­al Ser­vice and the U.S. Fed­er­al Avi­a­tion Admin­is­tra­tion also will be involved in the exer­cise, offi­cials said, along with the mil­i­tary air oper­a­tions cen­ters at Joint Base Elmen­dorf-Richard­son, Alas­ka, and Khabarovsk, Russia. 

The exer­cise, named Vig­i­lant Eagle, will take place next week, and it involves Russ­ian, Cana­di­an and U.S. per­son­nel oper­at­ing from com­mand cen­ters in Rus­sia and the Unit­ed States. It’s autho­rized under a coop­er­a­tive mil­i­tary agree­ment that tasks NORAD — a bina­tion­al U.S. and Cana­di­an com­mand — and the Russ­ian air force to con­duct a “live-fly” exer­cise for up to five days, offi­cials said. 

It will con­sist of two inter­na­tion­al flights: one orig­i­nat­ing in Alas­ka and trav­el­ing to the Far East, fol­lowed by one orig­i­nat­ing in the Far East and trav­el­ing to Alas­ka. Both flights will fol­low the same route, offi­cials said. 

In the exer­cise sce­nario, a U.S.-flagged com­mer­cial air car­ri­er on an inter­na­tion­al flight has been tak­en over by ter­ror­ists, and the crew will not respond to com­mu­ni­ca­tions. The sce­nario cre­ates a sit­u­a­tion that requires both the Russ­ian air force and NORAD to launch or divert fight­er air­craft to inves­ti­gate and fol­low the airliner. 

The exer­cise will focus on shad­ow­ing and the coop­er­a­tive hand-off of the mon­i­tored air­craft between fight­ers of the par­tic­i­pat­ing nations, offi­cials explained. 

Air­borne warn­ing and con­trol air­craft from Rus­sia and the Unit­ed States will be involved, along with fight­er-inter­cep­tor air­craft and refu­el­ing air­craft from both countries. 

From a North Amer­i­can Aero­space Defense Com­mand News Release 

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