SKorea scrambles jets as China, Russia warplanes enter air defense zone

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South Korea said it has scrambled fighter jets after detecting two Chinese and six Russian warplanes in its air defence zone. The two Chinese H-6 bombers repeatedly entered and left the Korea Air Defence Identification Zone (KADIZ) off the southern and northeast coast at around 5:50am local time, the country’s military said.

They returned hours later from the Sea of Japan with the Russian warplanes – including TU-95 bombers and SU-35 fighter jets – and left after 18 minutes in the zone.

“Our military dispatched air force fighter jets ahead of the Chinese and Russian aircraft’s entry of the KADIZ to implement tactical measures in preparation for a potential contingency,” the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said.