Air Platforms

RoKAF fires warning shots at Russian AEW&C aircraft

23 July 2019

Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) fighter aircraft fired warning shots at a Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) Beriev A-50 airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft accused of having violated South Korean airspace twice on 23 July, according to South Korean officials.

Citing an official from the country's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), the Yonhap News Agency reported that the A-50 intruded into South Korean airspace around 0900 h local time while flying over the East Sea (Sea of Japan) near the disputed Liancourt Rocks, which are known as Dokdo in Korean and Takeshima in Japanese. The small islets, which are also claimed by Japan, are under South Korean control.

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