Russian Fighters Scrambled to Intercept 3 US Bombers Over Black Sea, Defence Ministry Says
19:12 GMT 14.09.2020
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russian fighters Su-27 and Su-30 were scrambled to intercept three US Air Force bombers over the Black Sea, no violation of the Russian border was allowed, the Russian Defence Ministry's National Defense Control Centre (NDCC) said on Monday.
"Radar reconnaissance of the Southern Military District's air defence forces detected three air targets approaching the Russian state border from Ukraine over the Black Sea. To identify the detected air targets and prevent violation of the Russian state border, two Su-27 fighters and two Su-30 fighters were from the Southern Military District's air defence forces on duty were scrambled", the statement says.
The crews of the Russian fighters identified the air targets as three strategic bombers B-52H of the US Air Force and escorted them over the Black Sea. After the removal of US aircraft from the Russian state border, the fighters returned to their home airfields.
The Russian Armed Forces detected 41 foreign jets that were engaged in reconnaissance activities close to Russia's airspace last week, the military's official newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda reported on Friday.
A weekly infographic published by the outlet showed that Russian fighter jets had been scrambled eight times to intercept foreign aircraft.
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