Japan’s Self-Defense Forces said their fighter jets intercepted Russian aircraft near the Japanese border, the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee of the forces said, according to TASS news agency.
Two Tupolev-142 antisubmarine turboprops that crossed the Sea of Japan were skirting the Japanese archipelago in the southwest. At the same time, a Russian Sukhoi-24 bomber was cruising over the Sea of Japan.
The Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee said the aircraft had not entered Japan’s airspace.
From April 2017 through March 2018, or in the fiscal year 2017, the Japanese fighters made 390 missions to escort the Russian warplanes, making 89 more missions than in the previous fiscal year.