Russian MiG-31 and Su-35S jets were scrambled to intercept a U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer supersonic bomber over the Bering and Okhotsk seas on Sept. 15, Russia’s Ministry of Defense announced.
The scramble was initiated after Russian airspace control systems detected an air target approaching the state border of the Russian Federation over the neutral waters of the Bering Sea.
The Ministry said that two MiG-31 “Foxhound” interceptors from the air defense forces of the Pacific Fleet and Su-35S “Flanker-E” fighter aircraft of the Eastern Military District were scrambled for the interception with the Russian pilots later identifying the target as USAF B-1B bombers.
The Ministry statement added that the Russian jet safely returned to the home airfield after escorting the foreign aircraft.
The U.S. bomber reportedly flew southbound through the Bering Sea entering the North Pacific Ocean before proceeding to the Sea of Okhotsk through Russia’s Kuril Islands chain.
The Russian MoD has earlier released a statement saying that four fighter jets were scrambled to intercept three U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress strategic bombers approaching the Russian border over the Black Sea. This scramble involved two Sukhoi Su-27 “Flanker” and two Su-30 “Flanker-C” fighter jets.