Russian Su-27 Intercepts US Navy Spy Aircraft Over Black Sea


05 de noviembre de 2018, 14:50Moscow, Nov 5 (Prensa Latina) A Russian SU-27 fighter intercepted on Monday a USA spy plane ER-3 Aries, when this got close to the Russian coasts in the Black Sea, in the middle of the calls by the Russian goverment to stop those provocative flights.

The US EP-3 Aries was conducting routine operations when it took off from Souda Bay, Greece. The Russian jet came within about 20 feet of the US aircraft, one official said, adding that the encounter lasted about nine minutes.That intercept was described by officials as safe but unprofessional, though a US Navy official told CNN that the Navy does not officially classify aerial encounters that way.

A Navy EP-3 surveillance aircraft was operating over global airspace when the Russian Su-27 flew at high speed directly in front of it, "which put our pilots and crew at risk", according to a Naval Forces Europe-Africa statement.

In a statement, the U.S. Navy said their plane had to apply its afterburner after the first pass and faced turbulence and vibrations.

"While the Russian military is within its right to exercise within global airspace, this interaction was irresponsible", the Navy said in a statement.

It's unclear how close the aircraft came to hitting each other or whether the Russian fighter was armed.

The Russian Embassy in the U.S. posted a brief statement on Twitter denying any fault.

"The U.S. aircraft was operating in accordance with global law and did not provoke this Russian activity", the statement reads.

The Russian Ministry of Defense press service said that the U.S. intelligence aircraft had been detected and immediately picked up by a Su-27 fighter that identified and escorted it to avoid a violation of Russia's airspace boundary.

A United States Navy EP-3E Aries II surveilance aeroplane. A Russian Su-27 Flanker flew within five feet of an EP-3's wing tip over the Black Sea in January, Navy officials said.