MOSCOW, the Russian federation (BulgarianMilitary.com) – The crew of Russia’s Air Defence Force who was on duty has intercepted and identified a US reconnaissance aircraft P-8A Poseidon, which was over the Baltic Sea and was approaching the Russian state border, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, quoting the Russian news agency TASS.
“To intercept and identify the approaching object, a crew of the Su-27 of the Russian Air Defence Force took off. The Russian fighter’s crew approached the air object at a safe distance and identified it as a P-8A Poseidon reconnaissance plane of the U.S. Air Force,” says the press release of the Russian Ministry of Defence.
The Su-27 is a multirole supersonic fighter of fourth-generation. It is armed with air-to-air and air-to-surface missiles of various types, having in total between 10 and 12 external hardpoints for missiles. Additionally, it is equipped with a 30mm automatic aircraft gun.
The P-8 Poseidon is an reconnaissance plane aimed at detecting and destroying enemy submarines in the areas of patrolling and reconnaissance, as well as participating in different rescue operations.
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The Russian Defence Ministry cites data, showing that it daily have to intercept and escort foreign military planes near the border of the Russian Federation, but without saying specific cases. The newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda recently reported (25th January) that the Russian Aerospace Force twice a week took off in order to prevent violations of the Russian airspace.
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