TOKYO, December 6 (RIA Novosti) – Japan placed its air force on alert on Friday after two Russian Tupolev Tu-95 Bear strategic bombers flew near its airspace, the Japanese military said.
The two Russian bombers reportedly flew near Japan’s northernmost Hokkaido island and flew above the Sea of Japan past the Honshu island.
The Russian aircraft did not violate the country’s airspace, but Japanese fighter jets were put on alert, the Japan Self-Defense Forces said.
Two similar incidents, involving Russia’s Tu-95 and Tupolev Tu-142 reconnaissance planes, were reported in November.
The Japan Air Self-Defense Force was put on alert 105 times between July and September because of flybys by Russian aircraft, according to military authorities.