Japan Scrambles Jets To Head Off Six Russian Bombers

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Japan has deployed two fighter jets after six Russian bomber aircrafts were seen near Japanese airspace.

Japanese defence forces reacted quickly and scrambled the jets after two Tu-95 Bear strategic bombers were spotted close to the Pacific Ocean.

After Japan reacted with fighter jets, two Russian Ilyushin Il-38 fighter jets were sent to Japan’s most northern island of Hokkaido.

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On the same day, two anti-submarine aircraft, the Tupolev Tu-142 were deployed by Russia into the Sea of Japan, while the two Russian fighter jets got close to Tokyo before making a u-turn.

It has been reported that the Russian jets returned to their home territory after getting close to, but reportedly not quite trespassing into Japanese airspace.

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Tokyo is on high alert because there is heightened tension in the region after the Japanese Prime Minister described a North Korean missile test as a grave threat to the region.

Pyongyang warned there would be ‘catastrophic consequences’ following a joint excercise between Japan and the US aircraft carrier Carl Vinson.