Russian Air Force Scrambled MiG-31 Fighter To Intercept U.S. Air Force Spy Plane

Russian Air Force Scrambled MiG-31 Fighter To Intercept U.S. Air Force Spy Plane
A MiG-31B on left and MiG-31BM on right flying in formation – See details: Alan Wilson – Mikoyan MiG-31 Foxhound formation – Zhukovsky 2012

According to the Defense Ministry’s National Defense Control Center, The Russian Air Force scrambled MiG-31 jet fighter to intercept a U.S. Air Force RC-135 spy plane over the Bering Sea.

On December 11, Russian radars detected an air target over the neutral waters of the Bering Sea approaching the Russian state border.

A MiG-31 fighter from the Pacific Fleet’s air defense quick reaction alert forces was scrambled to prevent the violation of the state border, the National Defense Control Center said.

“The Russian fighter’s crew identified the air target as a US Air Force RC-135 strategic reconnaissance aircraft and escorted it,” the Center said.

After the foreign spy plane flew away from the Russian state border, the MiG-31 fighter safely returned to its home base, the statement says.

“The Russian fighter’s flight proceeded in strict compliance with the international rules of using the airspace,” the National Defense Control Center said.

The US aircraft was not allowed to violate the Russian state border, it stressed.

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