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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Russia Tests Surface-to-Air Missiles as NORAD Drills Over DC

astro1 030703 440x302 Planes Flying Over D.C. for Aerospace Defense Tests

Via Roll Call:
Look skyward Tuesday and you might see some low-flying military aircraft over the District of Columbia.
But don’t panic: The planes are likely part of a practice run.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command will be practicing intercept and identification procedures over the region between 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. More exercises will take place Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.
The flights are scheduled to take place in or around the District, Virginia and Maryland. People in those areas may hear and or see low-flying NORAD-controlled helicopters flying near military or military contracted aircraft.
NORAD has tested its systems throughout the U.S. and Canada on a rotating basis since the start of Operation Noble Eagle, the command’s response to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The organization tests responses to a variety of scenarios including airspace restriction violations and hijackings. Tuesday’s test flights mark the first time NORAD has tested in the National Capital Region this year, according to authorities.
In June, Capitol Hill witnessed a NORAD interception. A rogue plane flying in restricted airspace on a Saturday afternoon caused a brief evacuation of the Capitol. The plane was intercepted by two F-16s under the direction of NORAD.
The Mooney M20C aircraft, which had departed from Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport in Westfield, Mass., flew into restricted airspace over D.C. and was out of contact with air traffic controllers. NORAD escorted the plane out of the restricted area and landed at a Mount Airy, N.C., airport where it was met by law enforcement officials.
NORAD and its geographical component, Continental United States NORAD Region — which conducts exercises on a monthly basis — also will perform training flights over D.C. on Wednesday between midnight and 2 a.m.
Via Reuters:
 (Reuters) - Russia on Tuesday tested surface-to-air missiles during army exercises in the southern Russian province of Astrakhan, a defense ministry spokesman was quoted as saying, in a move to show its military might as fighting rages in neighboring Ukraine.
"Three armed regiments carried out test fires of S-400 'Triumph' and S-300 'Favorit' surface-to-air missiles," defense ministry spokesman Igor Klimov told the RIA state news agency.
About 800 people and more than 200 pieces of hardware were involved in the exercises, he said.

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