NORAD Takes to Skies Over Toronto in Operation NOBLE EAGLE Exercise

 In Americas, Defense, Air, Canada, Forces & Capabilities, FVEY, P5

Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) CF-18 Hornets and United States Air Force (USAF) F‑16s along with a KC-135 refu­elling tanker par­tic­i­pat­ed in a North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) train­ing oper­a­tion in the skies over the Greater Toronto Area on July 30.

As part of the Operation (Op) NOBLE EAGLE mis­sion, focused on home­land defence of the air­space over Canada and the United States, the exer­cise con­sist­ed of fight­ers work­ing with the Canadian Air Defence Sector (CADS) at 22 Wing North Bay, Ont. and civil­ian air traf­fic con­trol in the Toronto area to prac­tise air­craft iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and inter­cep­tion pro­ce­dures in high-den­si­ty air­space.

Developed after the ter­ror­ist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Op NOBLE EAGLE is an exten­sive air defence effort devel­oped by NORAD to pro­tect against sim­i­lar types of attacks within North American air­space.

“The exer­cise was a great suc­cess. It rein­forced the impor­tance of NORAD’s aero­space warn­ing and con­trol mis­sions while pro­vid­ing mil­i­tary units and our civil­ian part­ners the valu­able oppor­tu­ni­ty to prac­tise bina­tion­al and inter­a­gency coor­di­na­tion pro­ce­dures nec­es­sary to act clear­ly and deci­sive­ly in a poten­tial crisis sit­u­a­tion,” Major-General Eric Kenny, Commander, Canadian NORAD Region.

NORAD, which sup­ports one of the most exten­sive and long-last­ing bina­tion­al defence rela­tion­ships in the world, is an oper­a­tional mil­i­tary alliance between Canada and United States charged with the mis­sion of aero­space warn­ing for North America. Aerospace warn­ing includes the detec­tion, val­i­da­tion, and warn­ing of attack against North America whether by air­craft, mis­siles, or space vehi­cles.

Carefully planned in con­sult with civil­ian air traf­fic con­trol part­ners to ensure con­tin­ued safe air nav­i­ga­tion ser­vices are main­tained, NORAD con­ducts exer­cis­es such as this hun­dreds of times per year through­out Canada and the United States to ensure NORAD forces are ready to respond to aero­space threats any­where in Canada and the United States.

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