Russian fighter jet flies within 25ft of the US spy plane in ‘unsafe’ motion over the Mediterranean Sea
Russian fighter jet flies within 25ft of US spy plane in ‘unsafe’ and ‘irresponsible’ reverse maneuver over the Mediterranean
- Russian SU-35 intercepted American P-8A Poseidon aircraft over international airspace
- The interaction lasted 42 minutes and involved an ‘unsafe’ reverse maneuver
- The Navy’s 6th fleet described the movement, which was 25 feet apart, as “irresponsible”
- The US claimed that their aircraft operated under international law and was not provoking
A Russian fighter jet flew within 25 feet of an American surveillance aircraft during an ‘unsafe’ high-speed maneuver over the Mediterranean.
A Kremlin SU-35 performed a ‘reverse’ interception on a US P-8A Poseidon aircraft that lasted 42 minutes yesterday, the US Navy said.
According to the statement, one of the Navy aircraft was intercepted by the Russian fighter jet while flying in international airspace over the Mediterranean.
The Navy claimed that its aircraft was operating “in accordance with international law and was not provoking this Russian activity” when approached by the Russian fighter jet.
A Russian fighter jet intercepted an American aircraft over international airspace over the Mediterranean on Wednesday (Russian SU-35s shown in a file image)
An American P-8A Poseidon aircraft (photo above in a file image) was involved in an ‘unsafe’ reverse maneuver by a Russian SU-35
The Navy’s 6th fleet, based in Gaeta on the west coast of Italy, described the incident as “irresponsible.”
It said in a statement, “The interaction proved to be unsafe because the SU-35 performed a high-speed reverse maneuver 25 feet directly in front of the mission aircraft, endangering our pilots and crew.
The crew of the P-8A reported post-interaction turbulence. The interception time was approximately 42 minutes.
While the Russian plane was operating in international airspace, this interaction was irresponsible.
“We expect them to behave within international standards established to ensure safety and prevent incidents.”
The crew of the P-8A Poseidon is said to have experienced ‘wake turbulence’ during the reverse maneuver.
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A Russian SU-35 jet performed a similar maneuver towards a P-8A Poseidon over the Mediterranean in June 2019.
The jet “buzzed” three times in three hours with the American plane and performed a pass right outside the door.
Officials of the 6th Fleet said at the time that the US plane was not trying to lure or “did not provoke this Russian activity,” and again added that the stunt was “irresponsible.”
The recent meeting comes after Russia conducted another provocative test on Wednesday by firing an anti-satellite missile, the US Space Command said.
The Russian missile system is capable of destroying satellites in low Earth orbit and is coming on the heels of Russian orbit tests that the US highlighted in February, the statement said.
General John W. “Jay” Raymond, USSPACECOM commander and US Space Force Chief of Space Operations, said the US will defend itself against “hostile acts in space.”
He said in a statement, “The United States is willing and committed to deterring aggression and defending the nation, our allies, and US interests against hostile acts in space.
“This test is further evidence of Russia’s hypocritical plea for space weapons control proposals designed to limit the capabilities of the United States, while clearly not aiming to halt their space weapons programs.
“Space is crucial for all nations and our way of life. Space system requirements persist in this time of crisis, where global logistics, transportation and communications are key to defeating the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It is a shared interest and responsibility of all spaceflight nations to create safe, stable and operationally sustainable conditions for space activities, including commercial, civil and national security activities,” added Raymond.