first published on July 15, 2018 by Will
South Korean fighter jets were scrambled to intercept two Russian bombers which violated the Republic of Korea’s Air Defense Identification Zone (KADIZ) four times on Friday.
The Russian military aircraft, identified as TU-95 long-range strategic bombers, spent more than three hours inside KADIZ, north of the island of Ulleungdo. ROK F-15 and F-16 fighter jets intercepted the bombers and warned them to leave the airspace. However, the Russian bombers returned three more times throughout the day.
South Korea’s defense ministry summoned senior diplomats from the Russian embassy to express their concerns with the infringement of ROK airspace. The ROK’s defense ministry claimed the Russian actions were detrimental to the stability of the Korean peninsula and also posed a threat of mid-air collision.
Russia’s defense ministry claimed that two Russian TU-95 bombers, escorted by Su-35 fighter jets, flew over the international waters of the Sea of Japan, the Yellow Sea and the eastern part of the Pacific Ocean. They claimed that they were escorted by South Korean F-15 and F-16 fighter jets and Japanese F-2A war planes “on some stages of the route.”
Russian warplanes have entered KADIZ several times this year, but it is the first time they have done it multiple times in a single day.
The following video shows a Tu-95 strategic bomber deploying X-101 (Kh-101) subsonic air-launched cruise missiles over Syria to destroy Islamic State targets.