TEHRAN (defapress) – Russian nuclear-capable strategic bombers have flown over the Pacific Ocean, the Sea of Japan, the Yellow Sea and the East China Sea, prompting Japan and South Korea to scramble jets to escort them, Moscow said on Thursday.
News ID: 65715
Publish Date: 24August 2017 - 17:32
Russia's Defense Ministry said in a statement the
Tupolev-95MS bombers, code named "Bears" by NATO, flew over neutral
waters and were accompanied by Russian Sukhoi-35S fighter jets and A-50 early
warning and control aircraft.
It gave no details about the overall number of aircraft that
had taken part in what it called a pre-arranged flight and did not say when or
why the mission took place.
The TU-95MS bombers were refueled in mid-air during the
mission, the ministry said, Reuters reported.
During parts of the route, the bombers were escorted by
South Korean and Japanese military jets, it added.
Russia, which shares a border with North Korea, has
repeatedly voiced concerns about rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula caused
by Pyongyang's nuclear missile program, and has complained about Japan's plans
to deploy a US anti-missile system on its soil.