Russia Deploys Warplanes to Eastern Military District in Response to US Drills
15:13 04.04.2017(updated 15:30 04.04.2017)
The Russian MiG-31 and MiG-31BM interceptor jets took part in this week’s large-scale drills of the country’s Eastern Military District, an apparent response to increasing US military activity in the Asia-Pacific region, according to RIA Novosti.
On Monday, the MiG-31 and the MiG-31BM supersonic interceptor aircraft took part in large-scale war games in Russia’s Eastern Military District, RIA Novosti quoted the press service of the Russian Defense Ministry as saying.
The press service added that the MiG-31BM is not only capable of fighting enemy aircraft, but also tackling cruise and ballistic missiles at any height.
“So the MiG-31 interceptors are becoming a major part of the missile defense system of the Russian Far East amid growing US military activity in the Asia-Pacific,” RIA Novosti said.
For his part, Vasily Kashin of the Moscow-based Institute for Far Eastern Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, said in an interview with Sputnik that the noticeable build-up of Russia’s Pacific Fleet and air defense aviation comes…
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