US Ally Intercepts Russian Plane in Air Defense Zone

By Bo Beard | May 28, 2024

The Il-20M

Japan's air force scrambled fighter jets to intercept a Russian intelligence plane operating in the northwestern seas near its Hokkaido and Honshu islands. 

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The Russian air force Il-20M reconnaissance aircraft, known for electronic intelligence gathering, was detected within Japan's air defense identification zone.  

Reconnaissance aircraft

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The Il-20M, a variant of the Il-18 turboprop airframe, is designed by the Russian defense manufacturer Ilyushin and is commonly tracked near NATO-managed airspace.