Russia Scrambles Fighter Jet to Intercept US Bomber Over Sea of Japan
07:51 GMT 17.10.2021 (Updated: 13:25 GMT 06.08.2022)
© Courtesy of the US Air Force/Ethan WagnerA B-1B Lancer with a Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) flies in the skies above Edwards Air Force Base, California, Nov. 20. The flight was a demonstration of the B-1B’s external weapons carriage capabilities.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - A Russian fighter jet was scrambled on Sunday to chase a US B-1B Lancer bomber away after radars picked it up close to the nation's airspace over the Sea of Japan, the Defenсe Ministry said.
"A MiG-31 fighter was scrambled to identify the aerial target and prevent it from violating the Russian state border", the ministry said, adding that the operation strictly followed international guidelines.
The statement by the ministry was issued mere days after another incident in the Sea of Japan, when the US Navy destroyer Chafee (DDG-90) approached Russian territory and attempted to cross the border. However, a large anti-submarine warfare ship, the Admiral Tributs of the Russian Pacific Fleet, managed to chase away the intruder.