Tuesday, July 23, 2019

South Korean and Japanese fighter jets intercepted a Russian A-50 after it invaded both of their airspaces

Beriev A-50 "Mainstay"
On Tuesday, a Russian A-50 "Mainstay" AWACS plane invaded the airspaces of both South Korea and Japan, forcing both countries to scramble fighter jets to intercept it. The breach of South Korea's airspace was so abrasive, the South Koreans fired over 300 warning shots in an effort to get the plane to divert course, but the Russian pilots ignored the warning shots and attempts at communication.

Russia is denying the Beriev A-50 ever entered either nation's airspace, essentially calling both countries' defense departments "liars" on an international stage.

Why South Korea and Japan would both lie about a Russian military plane invading their airspaces is anyone's guess.

Read more:  Warplanes from four countries face off in Asian confrontation

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