Two MiG-31 fighters climbed to escort a British Air Force reconnaissance aircraft over the Barents Sea. This was announced on Monday, September 21, at the Russian National Defense Control Center.
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“On September 21, 2020, Russian airspace control devices over the neutral waters of the Barents Sea detected an air target approaching the state border of the Russian Federation,” the message says.
It is indicated that in order to identify the air target and prevent violation of the state border, two MiG-31 fighters from the air defense forces of the Northern Fleet were taken into the air.
Crews of Russian fighters identified the aerial target as a British Air Force R-1 Sentinel strategic reconnaissance aircraft and escorted it over the waters of the Barents Sea, avoiding border violations. After that, the Russian fighters safely returned to the home airfield.
It is noted that the entire flight of the MiG-31 took place strictly in accordance with international rules for the use of airspace.
A few days ago, British Air Force fighters rose to intercept Russian warplanes over the North Sea.
On September 17, a Russian Su-27 fighter from the Baltic Fleet intercepted two aircraft from the US Navy and the Swedish Air Force over neutral Baltic waters.