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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP29 Jan 2018 7:56 p.m. PST

…A U.S. Navy EP-3 Aries Over The Black Sea.

"A Russian Su-27 jet performed an unsafe intercept of a US Navy surveillance plane while it was flying in international airspace over the Black Sea Monday, three defense officials told CNN.

The American pilots reported that the Russian jet came within 5 feet of the US plane, according to two of the officials.

The Russian jet's action forced the US Navy aircraft to end its mission prematurely, one of the officials said.

US Naval Forces Europe, which oversees US operations in the region, later confirmed the incident in a statement.

"This interaction was determined to be unsafe due to the SU-27 closing to within five feet and crossing directly through the EP-3's flight path, causing the EP-3 to fly through the SU-27's jet wash," Capt. Pamela Kunze, a spokesperson for US Naval Forces Europe told CNN…"
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In the other hand….

Russian Flanker jet forces US spy plane to change course over Black Sea in ‘safe' intercept – MoD (RT).



Cacique Caribe Inactive Member29 Jan 2018 8:18 p.m. PST

Lol. What are we doing in the Black Sea exactly?


Caedite Eos Inactive Member29 Jan 2018 9:14 p.m. PST

Job done.

pzivh43 Supporting Member of TMP30 Jan 2018 3:36 a.m. PST


Preserving international right of passage, as we've done for decades. Otherwise, they can claim sovereignty and keep everyone out.

Barin130 Jan 2018 3:44 a.m. PST

With a spy plane, travelling within a couple of metres from Russian sovereign airspace? Yeah, I got it…

Generalstoner4930 Jan 2018 6:08 a.m. PST

I don't see F-22's buzzing the Russian spy ship that was just off the coast of North Carolina last week.

Last time I checked Russian Bombers were regularly violating Swedish and other Baltic states airspace before being escorted out.

Barin130 Jan 2018 6:22 a.m. PST

"regularly violating" is a broad overstatement. And in this case the plane was followed for more than two hours, before being "aggressively intercepted". In Black Sea both US ships and planes are coming too close and probing Crimea defense systems. It is a game – they're trying to get as close as possible, being still in international waters, and we're showing to them that they're not welcome. Aggressive interception takes place normally if the plane/ship turns its course that it is heading straight to Russian airspace border. Most likely they're not stupid enough to actually venture there…but it is a game being played for years.
Might also have something to do with newest round of sanctions, too…

CorroPredo30 Jan 2018 7:21 a.m. PST

Aggressively intercept? Probably more like a lack of training. Maybe we should aggressively intercept a couple times, show them how its done.

Personal logo SBminisguy Supporting Member of TMP30 Jan 2018 7:36 a.m. PST

Maybe we should aggressively intercept a couple times, show them how its done.

LOL, true that!

Caedite Eos Inactive Member30 Jan 2018 9:19 p.m. PST

You think a Russian Interceptor pilot doesn't know what he's doing? Hilarious.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP30 Jan 2018 9:23 p.m. PST


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Ghostrunner11 Feb 2018 10:28 a.m. PST

they're trying to get as close as possible, being still in international waters, and we're showing to them that they're not welcome

To be clear, they are not welcome in international waters?

I'm not sure anyone was asking.

Begemot Inactive Member11 Feb 2018 11:29 a.m. PST

Ghostrunner – US and NATO intercepts of Russian aircraft also occur over international waters. So, are you saying that the Russians aren't allowed in international waters but the US and NATO are?

Just asking.

Ghostrunner11 Feb 2018 11:36 a.m. PST

Absolutely Russian aircraft are allowed to intercept in international waters. They have the same right of navigation as everyone else per international agreements.

What they aren't allowed to do is be idiots about it and put lives at risk.

All the airshow theatrics from this kind of thing just make them look like children.

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