ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE - The Alaskan U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region, along with its Continental United States and Canadian counterparts, will participate in Exercise Amalgam Dart from Tuesday through Thursday off the coasts of Alaska, western Canada and the northwestern United States.
The exercise is designed to hone NORAD, ANR, CONR and Canadian NORAD Region's intercept and identification operations. ANR provides airspace surveillance and control and directs all air sovereignty activities over Alaska. CANR and CONR control airspace in Canada and the continental United States respectively.
U.S. Air Force C-21 jets will take on the role as tracks of interest. They will fly during daylight hours at altitudes above 15,000 feet off the Alaskan, British Columbian, Washington and Oregon coasts.
NORAD and ANR have conducted exercise flights of this nature throughout the U.S. and Canada since the start of Operation Noble Eagle, the command's response to the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
Since then, NORAD has responded to more than 3,300 possible air threats in the United States and has flown more than 55,000 sorties with the support of Airborne Warning and Control System and air-to-air-refueling aircraft.