South Korean Fighter Jets Fire Warning Shots At Russian War Planes

first published on July 23, 2019 by

South Korean fighter jets were scrambled and fired warning shots as Russian war planes repeatedly violated their airspace.

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South Korea officials claimed that three Russian military planes; two Tu-95MS bombers and one A-50 airborne early warning and control aircraft (AEW&C) entered South Korea’s air defense identification zone, and then the A-50 reconnaissance aircraft entered into the South’s air space.

South Korean F-16s fired flares and machine guns which caused the Russian aircraft to leave the airspace, only for it to return and violate it again just minutes later. The South Koreans fired dozens more flares and hundreds of machine gun rounds as warning shots before the Russian plane left again.

The Russian account of the incident varies greatly. They denied violating Korean airspace and also claim that the South Korean’s didn’t fire any shots. However, Russia’s account only discusses their Tu-95 bombers, and conveniently leaves out the A-50 spy plane, which made the incursion.

This is the first time a foreign military plane had violated South Korean airspace since the 1950-53 Korean War, according to ROK officials.

The Russian planes were actually flying a joint operation with Chinese H-6 nuclear-capable bombers when the incident took place.