Russian Flanker jet forces US spy plane to change course over Black Sea in 'safe' intercept ? MoD

Russian Flanker jet forces US spy plane to change course over Black Sea in 'safe' intercept ? MoD

The entire flight of the Su-27 was conducted in accordance with international regulations, and there were no emergency situations, the Russian Ministry of Defense said in a statement.

 Russian Ministry of Defense

Moscow said that the plane was scrambled when as unidentified flying object was detected heading for the Russian border. The Su-27 approached the aircraft and identified it as a US Navy ??-3? Aries II a commonly used surveillance plane. The ministry said that the jet shepherded it at a safe distance before the spy plane changed course away from Russian airspace.

The US Navy released a contrasting account of the intercept, which it said lasted 2 hours 40 minutes.

This interaction was determined to be unsafe due to the Su-27 closing to within five feet [1.5 meters] and crossing directly through the EP-3s flight path, causing the EP-3 to fly through the Su-27s jet wash, it said in a statement. It insisted that the American plane did not provoke this Russian activity and stated that its response increased the risk of miscalculation and midair collisions.

The Russian military is within its right to operate within international airspace, but they must behave within international standards set to ensure safety and prevent incidents, it added.

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Published time: 2018-01-29 22:01:00
Source: www.rt.com