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NORAD

Two U.S. fighter jets intercepted four Russian warplanes off the west coast of Alaska Tuesday. It’s the second time this month that fighters have scrambled to intercept Russian aircraft that’ve approached U.S. airspace around Alaska.

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Dozens of U.S. and allied warplanes are assembling at Eielson Air Force Base and Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson in preparation for an upcoming round of Red Flag training exercises. But F-15s from the nation of Israel will not be participating, reportedly because of rising tensions in the region.


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Eielson Air Force Base opened its doors Tuesday to local, state and federal officials to give them a chance to see an F-35 fighter up close and to learn about its capabilities. The Air Force sent the warplane here for a few weeks for testing in anticipation of the arrival of two squadrons beginning in 2020.


Pacific Air Forces

Alaskans should expect more military aircraft operations over the next two weeks, as another round of Red Flag military training exercises begins.

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The skies above the Interior and Southcentral Alaska will get a lot busier starting next week, when Northern Edge 2017 gets under way. It’ll be the biggest military-training exercise to be held this year in Alaska.


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About 200 paratroopers from Joint Base Elemendorf-Richardson will drop into Deadhorse Tuesday as part of a joint Army-Air Force rapid-deployment exercise that’ll include Stryker Brigade soldiers and equipment from Fort Wainwright.

U.S. Army

About 190 members of a Fort Wainwright-based aviation unit will be largely unavailable for civilian search-and-rescue for at least a year. The Alaska Aviation Task Force regularly helps find and pick up missing and injured from remote backcountry locations, but as KUAC’s Tim Ellis reports, personnel in a key Army unit that’s part of the task force are deploying overseas.


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Ten high-level U.S. and Canadian commissioned and noncommissioned officers toured the Army’s Black Rapids Training Site Tuesday. The event was part of an ongoing series of meetings intended to enable commanders of the two militaries to operate jointly in the far north.


National Weather Service

The U.S. Northern Command and Coast Guard have launched a major field-training exercise off Alaska’s northwest coast. Arctic Chinook is intended to demonstrate how local, state and federal agencies would respond to a simulated cruise ship accident. Coincidentally, a big luxury cruise ship will sail through the area while the exercise is under way. And to further complicate things, bad weather has just set in.


DVIDS

Updated: The Air Force is jamming Global Positioning System signals periodically around military airfields in Alaska during Red Flag training exercises now under way in and around Eielson Air Force Base. Officials say the GPS interference testing could affect other devices that rely on GPS.


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