Following China’s Incursion into Taiwan’s ADIZ, Russia Also Tests Biden With Bombers Near Alaska

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.

It is important to note that an air defense identification zone is airspace over land or water used to identify, locate, and control  aircraft for national security purposes. ADIZs often extend beyond a country’s territory to give it more time to respond to possibly hostile aircraft.

Crossing an ADIZ, while provocative, is not the same as penetrating U.S. airspace.

Nevertheless, as with China harassing Taiwan, these incursions coming only days after the new president’s inauguration are certainly perceived as tests of the new administration. In this case NORAD did not specify what actions it took to counter the Russian incursion, or if any was needed.

Many prior Russian aircraft incursions triggered a U.S. and/or Canadian response. As noted in in American Military News:

In October, NORAD F-22 fighter jets intercepted four more Russian Tu-142 aircraft near Alaska. NORAD captured photos of the intercept mission, while the Russian Ministry of Defense obtained video recorded by its own pilots of the U.S. fighter jets performing their close intercepts.

In August, NORAD intercepted six Tu-142 aircraft, again flying near Alaska, and in June, it intercepted eight military Russian aircraft, including Russian Tu-95 bombers, Su-35 fighter jets, and A-50 airborne early warning and control aircraft.

The fact that no interceptions were noted this time may mean that none were needed because the Russian planes only entered the ADIZ briefly. But there may be other reasons. However, in a later press release on Monday, NORAD did emphasize that it:

…employs a layered defense network of satellites, ground-based radars, airborne radar and fighter aircraft to track and identify aircraft and determine the appropriate response. This deliberate identification and monitoring of aircraft entering a U.S. or Canadian ADIZ demonstrates how NORAD executes its continuous aerospace warning and aerospace control missions for the United States and Canada.

Paul Crespo

Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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Edward J Price
6 months ago

Choot ’em! as the alligator man would say!

elgar333
elgar333
6 months ago

Nope…let’em play their games so the UNAmericans that voted that idiot into office can see what they’re getting!!!

Common Sense
Common Sense
6 months ago
Reply to  elgar333

He wasn’t voted into office. The Democrats stole the election and placed him in there as a senile puppet.

Dan
Dan
6 months ago

My family and I lived in Eagle River, AK back in the 80es. Even back in that time frame the Russian’s were making flight into our air space. When detected, they claimed that their instruments were having problems. When caught, they would apologize and turned back to Russia. These incursion into our air space would happen at different altitudes, speeds and entry points.The point was that the Russians were seeking air vulnerability spots, if any!
This is nothing new for then and now.
Their goal was to be able to get to the US Alaskan air space over our oil fields at Prudo Bay.
Lots of oil is pumped out of Alaska to markets all over the world. A successful air attacks by the Russians would put a strangle hold on all world markets, not just here in the US.

BrewDubbs
6 months ago

Biden needs to protect all those people he is letting cross the border illegally….

I am sure he will do something….. HA!!!

Eugene
Eugene
6 months ago
Reply to  BrewDubbs

ha ha

Disgusted
Disgusted
6 months ago

poor beijing biden. Wonder how it feels like to bite off MORE than he could chew, I mean old barry in the shadow.

Ben Matthews
Ben Matthews
6 months ago

Ok…they probably already know that ‘creepy Joe’ won’t last too long!

Rick
Rick
6 months ago

Komrade Biden, Probably invited them in his call with Putin yesterday, to come have a targeting run and a few pictures ….

Purple heart
Purple heart
6 months ago

Blow them out of the sky. Biden will bend over like Obama did

Gene Ralno
Gene Ralno
5 months ago

I believe China & Russia are politically too smart to seek a Strangelove confrontation because they know it would cause the planet to start over as it did 65 million years ago. But I also believe China will leverage this lack of GOP courage and colossal voter fraud that put their partner in the White House.

Facing a compromised American president, China will simply take the Spratley Islands because the only opposition remaining will be Taiwan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Brunei (part of Borneo). The Spratleys are important for their oil and gas reserves, commercial fishing, shipping and strategic military locations.

Hunter’s new interest in art should serve nicely to launder the immense family income promised by this new partnership. Russia knows it must choose military allies very carefully since without America, it will face China alone. On the other hand, this is just one country boy’s opinion.

Herbert G. Chapman
Herbert G. Chapman
5 months ago

This tells me that Obiden isn’t in charge. Trump is. He is just on vacation but can still order this to happen.

James B Jacobs
James B Jacobs
5 months ago

Biden will give them some money, A billion or two. and buy their friendship.He might even apologize, even though he has nothing to apologize for.

AtilHun
AtilHun
5 months ago

Come on man!

Woody
Woody
5 months ago

Expect more testing of our borders and Taiwan’s. It’s the nature of the beast. When a cow is put into a new pasture, the first thing it does is to walk along the fence line, testing its borders. Same with with the R and C animals. They know Biden is soft, they’re just doing this to see HOW soft he is. The biggest problem is that he doesn’t know what day it is or where he is, much less anything important.


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