Japanese fighters took off to intercept the Russian Il-38 patrol aircraft over the Sea of Japan.
This is evidenced by the report of the Ministry of Defense of Japan.
The document provides a photograph of the IL-38 and a map with the route of the aircraft.
It shows that the Russian plane did not violate the Japanese border.
IL-38 – anti-submarine medium-range aircraft, developed on the basis of the passenger IL-18V.
It is designed to independently or jointly with anti-submarine ships to search for and destroy enemy submarines, for naval reconnaissance, search and rescue operations, as well as minefields.
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