Lessons from the Air: Jet Interceptors and Canadian Security

As tensions between Russia and Ukraine continue in the Crimea region, news dropped recently that Canadian fighter jets intercepted two Russian Tupolev Tu-95 long-range bombers. The intercept took place about 75 kilometres off Canada’s Arctic coastline, according to command headquarters at North American Aerospace Defence (NORAD). Major Beth Smith, spokeswoman for NORAD, confirmed that the Russian bombers flew a course in “the western reaches” of Canada’s Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) over the Beaufort Sea. Canada’s sovereign airspace is defined at 22 kilometres from each coast, but the ADIZ extends well beyond to a range of 320 kilometres.

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