A major incident.
South Korean Fighters Fired 300 Warning Shots at Russian A-50 AEW&C Aircraft
“We confirmed Russia’s A50 has invaded Japan’s airspace while two of Russian Tu-95 bombers and two Chinese H-6 bombers flew around Japan. We took measures against the invasion,” said a spokesman for the country’s Ministry of Defense.
On Jul. 23, 2019 warplanes from four countries faced off in a chaotic and unprecedented confrontation above a small, disputed island off the coast of South Korea and Japan.
As reported by CNN, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff issued a statement claiming they that after a Russian Beriev A-50 airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft had twice violated the country’s airspace, Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) fighters had fired more than 300 warning shots at it, the first such incident between the countries.
Moscow furiously denied Seoul’s account of the encounter, claiming that South Korean military jets had dangerously intercepted two of its bombers during a planned flight over neutral waters.