CBD FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE--ATTN CMD HQ COC
(ADAK)--Following After Action Report compiled from various sources--
1800 HRS, LOCAL PDT ANCHORAGE TIME:
UNIDENTIFIED AIRCRAFT ENCROACH THE ALASKAN AIR DEFENSE IDENTIFICATION ZONE, ESSENTIALLY A MUTUALLY ACCEPTED "NO-FLY" ZONE SURROUNDING THE STATE AND THE ADJACENT CHAIN OF ISLAND TO THE WEST.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska (KTUU) - U.S. military personnel based at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and Eielson Air Force Base intercepted two Russian nuclear-capable bombers in international airspace Monday evening.
According Lt. Gen. Ken Wilsbach, Alaskan NORAD Region Commander, aircraft were detected flying unannounced shortly before 6 p.m. Monday night.
"They were not on a flight plan," he said, "so we had to investigate that."
"We basically have a line drawn, about 200 miles outside of our land mass," Lt. Gen. Wilsbach said. "We use that just so that when aircraft cross that line, if we don't already have an identification through a flight plan, then we will launch aircraft to determine what that aircraft is and who it is."
The Russian aircraft were inside that line.
Thus, an alert force from JBER consisting of a single E-3 AWACS aircraft, an airborne command and control platform which includes an on-board radar system, was launched in response.
Two F-22s were launched following that in order to visually identify the Russian aircraft. At the same time, a KC-135 tanker aircraft left the Eielson Air Force Base.
ARTICLE CONTINUES TO STATE THAT THE AIRCRAFT WERE FLYING A COURSE PARALLEL TO THE ALEUTIANS AND NO (RUSSIAN) REFUELERS WERE DETECTED IN THE REGION.
THE RUSSIAN AIRCRAFT IN THE ADIZ HAS A 9000 PLUS RANGE AND THE NEAREST BASE ON RUSSIAN SOIL CAPABLE OF SUPPORTING THE AIRCRAFT IS VLADIVOSTOK ON THE WESTERN PACIFIC COAST.
FWD RPT TO ALL UNITS IN VIC--ATTN, MERTZ, PVT, SCULLERY--