South Korean fighters deter Russian bombers in its air space identification area

Tu-95MS appeared near Ulleungdo Island in the Sea of Japan, and F-15K Eagle fighters intercepted and escorted the Russian planes
20:40, 22 October 2019

Tu-95 Russian bomber

Republic of Korea's fighter jets intercepted Russian Air Force bombers in its air space identification zone. The incident occurred on October 22, according to the Republic of Korea Armed Forces’ Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said in a statement.

"A Russian Air Force Beriev A-50 airborne early warning and control aircraft, two nuclear-capable Tupolev Tu-95MS strategic bombers, and three Sukhoi Su-27 air superiority fighters repeatedly began entering the KADIZ at 9:23am local time north of Ulleungdo Island in the Sea of Japan prompting the ROKAF to scramble an undisclosed number of F-15K Slam Eagle fighters to intercept and escort the Russian aircraft", wrote The Diplomat.

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This was the 20th violation of this zone of the without early warning from the Russian side. The outlet reminded that the air defense identification zones are not considered sovereign or territorial airspace. "For the first time in decades, a Russian military aircraft — a Beriev A-50–violated South Korean airspace earlier this year in July. According to the JCS, the aircraft twice violated South Korean airspace over the Dokdo islets. The ROKAF scrambled F-15Ks and F-16Ks in response and fired 20 flares and 360 machine gun rounds as warning shots after the A-50 purportedly ignored repeated radio warnings", the original news piece said.

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