Korea sent fighters against Russian and Chinese bombers, sources say
SEOUL, (BM) – Korea sent fighters after nineteen Russian and Chinese military planes, including strategic bombers, have violated South Korea’s air defense identification area. BulgarianMilitary.com learned that information citing Defence24 and according to the South Korean Armed Forces Chief of Staff statement.
“This incident appears to be a joint Russian-Chinese military exercise but requires further analysis,” the college said. As explained, none of the planes entered South Korean airspace.
“Our military sent fighter jets to the air force before Russian (Chinese and Chinese planes) entered the identification area in preparation for emergencies,” the statement said.
The first to enter the area were four Chinese planes, probably H-6 bombers. Subsequently, 15 Russian vehicles, including Tu-95 bombers and A-50 early warning planes, also violated it, the South Korean news agency Yonhap reported.
“We called the military attachés of both countries and expressed our concern about the incident,” an unnamed Seoul defense ministry official was quoted as saying.
According to Yonhap sources, the Chinese military has previously informed South Korea that the planes carry out routine exercises. Seoul and Moscow do not maintain a so-called military communication hotline.
An air defense identification area is an area above land or water where a country reserves the right to identify and track aircraft approaching its territory. Formally, this is not defining by any international agreement, but the conduct of military aviation activities in such an area can perceive as an attempt to influence a country.
The flights of strategic bombers from Russia and China to the Pacific region can demonstrate strength and ability to cooperate in this area. Both sides have been tightening military and political co-operation for a long time. Such joint “patrols,” as officially defined by the Russian Ministry of Defense, are another element of it.
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