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ANR to conduct air exercise

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, ALASKA - The North American Aerospace Defense Command's Alaskan NORAD Region (ANR) will conduct exercise flights Wednesday as they practice aircraft intercept and identification procedures over central Alaska.

In order to test responses, systems and equipment, ANR continuously conducts exercises with a variety of scenarios.  These exercises are carefully planned, closely controlled and include exercising simulated airspace restriction violations, hijackings and responding to unknown aircraft.

A De Havilland Dash 8 will take on the role as a track of interest (TOI), simulating a hijacked aircraft.  The 3rd Wing based at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson will scramble Air Force F-22 fighters to intercept the TOI and the 611th Air and Space Operations Center and 176th Air Control Squadron will provide airspace surveillance and control of the air activities. 

NORAD and ANR have conducted exercise flights of this nature throughout the U.S. and Canada since the start of Operation Noble Eagle, the command's response to the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

Since Sept. 11, 2001, NORAD has responded to more than 3,300 possible air threats in the United States and has flown more than 55,000 sorties with the support of Airborne Warning and Control System and air-to-air-refueling aircraft.

For more information about NORAD, refer to http://www.norad.mil/Home.html.

For more information about NORAD intercept procedures, refer to the FAA website at
http://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/publications/ATpubs/AIM/Chap5/aim0506.html.



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