Russian Su-27 escorted two US strategic bombers over the Baltic
MOSCOW, (BM) – Russian fighter Su-27 on Wednesday was raised to “intercept” two strategic bombers B-1B over the Baltic Sea, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing the Russian National Defense Control Center statement.
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“The crew of the Russian fighter identified the air targets as B-1B strategic bombers of the US Air Force and escorted them over the Baltic Sea,” the center said in a statement.
“After the turn of foreign military aircraft from the state border of the Russian Federation, the Russian fighter safely returned to the airfield,” the National Center said.
“We carried out the flight of the Russian fighter in strict accordance with international rules for the use of airspace,” the Russian military said.
“Violations of the state border of the Russian Federation were not allowed,” the message says.
The Russian military said that two American strategic bombers, which were approaching the Russian Federation’s state border, were detected by Russian airspace control over the Baltic Sea’s neutral waters.
Earlier, the US Air Force’s command in Europe reported that two American strategic bombers B-1B on Wednesday took off from the Erland airbase in Norway to participate in maneuvers with the allies. The US military said the flight was to take place in international airspace over the North and Baltic Seas.
The Su-27 is a Russian fourth-generation fighter developed at the Sukhoi Design Bureau. Su-27 are part of the air defense duty forces.
In September 2020, the head of the Main Operations Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Federation, Sergei Rudskoy, said that on August 28, September 4, and 14, American strategic B-52 bombers conducted exercises in the waters of the Black and Azov Seas with the application of simulated missile strikes against military targets in southern Russia.
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