NORAD exercise sees fighter jets fly over west coast

Fighter jets and a civilian-looking aircraft will be flying over the west coast in a training exercise with NORAD.

Members of the public along the west coast of Vancouver Island may see fighter aircraft in the area starting at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 24 participating in a NORAD interception and identification exercise.

During the flight, NORAD-controlled fighter aircraft will fly in close proximity to a civilian-looking aircraft.

The exercise is part of NORAD’s continuing training to test responses, systems and equipment. All NORAD training flights are carefully planned and closely controlled.

NORAD is a bi-national United States and Canadian command charged with the missions of aerospace warning, aerospace control and maritime warning for North America. All NORAD forces are trained, equipped and prepared to execute their assigned missions throughout North America and carry out well-established actions to ensure the air security and sovereignty of Canada and the United States.