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ANR to conduct simultaneous exercise flights


JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, ALASKA - The North American Aerospace Defense Command and its geographical component, the Alaskan NORAD Region (ANR), will conduct exercise flights Wednesday as they practice aircraft intercept and identification procedures over southwestern 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 airspace restriction violations, hijackings and responding to unknown aircraft.

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

NORAD is the bi-national Canadian and American command that provides maritime warning, aerospace warning and aerospace defense for Canada and the United States.  ANR is one of three subordinate regional headquarters along with the Canadian NORAD Region at Canadian Forces Base Winnipeg, Manitoba; and the Continental NORAD Region at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.

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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