VIGILANT EAGLE tests U.S., Russian response

VER THE PACIFIC OCEAN - Russian Air Force Col. Alexander Vasilyev 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 - Russian Air Force Col. Alexander Vasilyev 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.