Pentagon: Russian jet flies too close to United States aircraft

Pauline Gross
November 8, 2018

A Russian Su-27 fighter made a unsafe pass ahead of a US Navy EP-3 Aries taking part in a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military exercise in global air space above the Black Sea on Monday. "The intercepting SU-27 made an additional pass, closing with the EP-3 and applying its afterburner while conducting a banking turn away, ' it added".

The Russian Ministry of Defense has denied US Navy claims that its Su-27 jet intercepted a US EP-3 Aries spy plane in an unsafe manner.

It said the intercept lasted about 25 minutes.

In what the US Navy is calling a risky manoeuvre, a Russian Sukhoi fighter jet intercepted a US Navy aircraft multiple times over the Black Sea airspace. "We expect them to behave within worldwide standards set to ensure safety and to prevent incidents ... unsafe actions‎ increase the risk of miscalculation and potential for midair collisions".

Though the USA has announced its Trident Juncture military exercises in worldwide airspace and waters, or over friendly countries with their approval, Russia's military have made a number of "surprise visits", most recently with a long-range bomber flying over a U.S. warship. The Norway-based operation has 50,000 personnel, 65 warships and 10,000 vehicles taking part.

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A USA surveillance aircraft was twice "buzzed" by a Russian fighter over the Black Sea in what the Pentagon says was an "unsafe an unprofessional" manoeuvre.

The Russian Defense ministry acknowledged the incident, insisting, however, that the Su-27 kept a safe distance from the EP-3. "There is no margin for error and insufficient time or space for our aircrews to take corrective action". Navy reconnaissance plane on November 5 over the Black Sea, but the incident was resolved without any hostilities.

For the Russian fighter aircraft to fly this close to the U.S. Navy aircraft is unsafe.

A Boeing P-8A Poseidon exploration aircraft and a Global Hawk drone, both of the U.S. Air Force, flew over areas near the Russian southern coast and the confrontation zone in Donbass, Ukraine, on October 28.

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