NORAD exercise planned for Washington region this week

The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) will conduct flight exercises late Monday night through Wednesday morning in the Washington region, authorities said.

The flights, which are scheduled between midnight and 5:30 a.m. each day, are meant to test NORAD’s intercept capabilities and readiness in the event of intruding aircraft, the agency said.

The exercise involves a series of training flights held in coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration, the Joint Air Defense Operations Center, Civil Air Patrol, U.S. Coast Guard and other agencies.

In the event of bad weather, the flights will be postponed or canceled.

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