A Russian MiG-31 fighter jet crashed Wednesday while conducting a training flight in the country’s northern Murmansk region, according to a state media report.
TASS News Agency quoted the Russian Defense Ministry as saying that the plane “went down in a deserted area.”
“Both pilots ejected themselves. They were immediately evacuated by a search and rescue helicopter. Their lives and health are not in danger,” the ministry said.
The report described the MiG-31 as a “two-seat supersonic, all-weather, long-range fighter-interceptor” equipped with a six-barreled 23mm cannon.
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“Some MiG-31s can carry air-to-air and air-to-surface missiles of various types, a hypersonic aero-ballistic missile and aerial bombs,” the TASS report added.
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The cause of the crash was not immediately clear.
News of the crash emerged hours after the German air force said it and Britain deployed Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets to intercept two Russian Su-27 Flankers and an Il-20 military aircraft flying “without a transponder signal in international airspace over Baltic Sea.”
The German air force posted several pictures on Twitter of the Russian planes.
Moscow’s military planes often fly from the Russian mainland to Kaliningrad – which lies between Poland and Lithuania – making such meetings common, according to Reuters.
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Last week, US fighter jets intercepted a Russian bomber near Alaska, according to the Alaskan Region of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).
“The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) Alaska Region detected, tracked, positively identified and intercepted two Russian aircraft entering and operating within the Alaska Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) on April 17, 2023,” NORAD said.
NORAD clarified that the Russian Tu-95 bombers did not enter US or Canadian airspace. The command added that the aircraft activity was not seen as provocative or dangerous.
It was the latest encounter between Russian and US aircraft since a US drone was shot down after being rammed by a Russian fighter jet last month. U.S. military command officials said a Russian Su-27 fighter jet dumped fuel on a U.S. MQ-9 Reaper drone flying over the Black Sea, shearing the drone’s propeller and forcing it into the water.
Russia has also reportedly deployed a new tank in Ukraine.
The T-14 Armata, which has an unmanned turret and is operated by a crew that remotely controls its armament from “an isolated armored capsule located at the front of the fuselage,” began firing at Ukrainian positions this week, Reuters reported, citing the Russian state-run news agency RIA Novosti.
However, the British Ministry of Defense said earlier this year that the deployment of the new tanks “is likely to be a high-risk decision for Russia” and “commanders are unlikely to trust the vehicle in combat.”
Fox News’ Timothy HJ Nerozzi and Liz Friden contributed to this report.