VIGILANT EAGLE tests U.S., Russian response

VER THE PACIFIC OCEAN - Canadian Forces Col. Todd Balfe, deputy Commander Alaska NORAD Region, reviews the exercise timeline on board Fencing 1220, the target of interest for Exercise VIGILANT EAGLE Aug. 8. VIGILANT EAGLE is a cooperative exercise involving the North American Aerospace Defense Command and the Russian Air Force. The exercise scenario creates a situation that requires both the Russian Air Force and NORAD to launch or divert fighter aircraft to investigate and follow a "hijacked" airliner.  The exercise focuses on shadowing and the cooperative hand-off of the monitored aircraft  between fighters of the participating nations.

VER THE PACIFIC OCEAN - Canadian Forces Col. Todd Balfe, deputy Commander Alaska NORAD Region, reviews the exercise timeline on board Fencing 1220, the target of interest for Exercise VIGILANT EAGLE Aug. 8. VIGILANT EAGLE is a cooperative exercise involving the North American Aerospace Defense Command and the Russian Air Force. The exercise scenario creates a situation that requires both the Russian Air Force and NORAD to launch or divert fighter aircraft to investigate and follow a "hijacked" airliner. The exercise focuses on shadowing and the cooperative hand-off of the monitored aircraft between fighters of the participating nations.