It appears that soon after China appeared to test new U.S. President Joe Biden by launching 28 military aircraft into Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ)between Saturday and Sunday, Russia did the same thing in Alaska on Monday. In a tweet, the North American Aerospace Command (NORAD) announced that it had detected and tracked two Russian Tu-142 “Bear” maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft crossing into the Alaska ADIZ on Monday night.
NORAD is the joint U.S.-Canadian military command created during the Cold War tasked with detecting and defending against air and space threats to both nations.
While it is not uncommon for Russian aircraft to fly near the Alaskan coast, since Alaska is only 55 miles from Russia at its closest point, this appears to be the first incursion of Alaska’s ADIZ since Biden took office last week. NORAD stated that the Russian aircraft “remained in int’l airspace and did not enter U.S. or Canadian sovereign airspace.” NORAD used U.S. and Canadian flags in its tweet.