Navy: Russian Jet Flies Dangerously Close to US Surveillance Plane

Lamar Ellis
November 8, 2018

On Nov. 5, 2018, a U.S. EP-3 Aries aircraft flying in worldwide airspace over the Black Sea was intercepted by a Russian SU-27.

Russian aircraft have repeatedly challenged US planes during the past year with maneuvers deemed unsafe, despite a 1972 agreement that Russia assumed from the Soviet Union created to prevent miscalculations in the skies and seas.

The US EP-3 Aries was conducting routine operations when it took off from Souda Bay, Greece.

It called the Russian SU-27 aircraft's interaction with its EP-3 Aries "irresponsible" and "unsafe" due to the "high speed pass".

In a statement, the U.S. Navy said their plane had to apply its afterburner after the first pass and faced turbulence and vibrations. "We expect them to behave within global standards set to ensure safety and to prevent incidents ... unsafe actions‎ increase the risk of miscalculation and potential for midair collisions". Experts consider here that the close maneuver of the Russian fighter could be a warning against the significant increase of American spy flights in the Black Sea area and the southern Krasnodar region.

The US has released a video of the incident.

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After reporting back to the communications intelligence unit, the fighter jet escorted it away from the Russian airspace "in compliance with all security and safety requirements", it said.

In turn, Russian Federation has denied the statement of the us authorities that the maneuver was carried out "unsafe".

The U.S. aircraft was operating in accordance with worldwide law and did not provoke this Russian activity.

The Russian defense Ministry said that they actually recorded the electronic reconnaissance aircraft, the United States and raised the su-27, but the fighter kept at a sufficient distance and was followed to the border of Russian airspace was not violated.

A Russian su-27 unsafe intercepted an American spy plane EP-3E Aries II.

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