Tuesday, 15 October 2013
Japanese fighters take off every time Russian planes fly near
Fighter aircraft of Japan's Air Self-Defense Force took off after three Russian planes appeared near the borders of the country. Two Tu-142 aircraft and one IL -20 flew over the Sea of Japan. It was said that the russian planes did not violate Japan's airspace. Tu-142 flew from the southwest to the northeast along the islands of Honshu and Hokkaido, whereas and IL-20 - in the opposite direction. This is not the first time when Japan shows its concern over the appearance of Russian aircraft near its borders. According to statistics from the Joint Staff, the fighters of the Air Self-Defense Forces of Japan were alerted 105 times from July to September this year because of the appearance of Russian aircraft near the territory of Japan.