On Friday, two Russian fighters carried out a “dangerous and unprofessional” interception of an American B-52 Stratofortress bomber over the Black Sea, the US Air Force said in a statement on Saturday.
The service said two Russian Su-27 Flankers “flew in a dangerous and unprofessional manner crossing within 100 feet of the nose of the B-52 on several occasions at the same altitude and in afterburner, causing turbulence and limiting the capacity of the B-52. to maneuver. “
The American army posted the video of the incident.
General Jeff Harrigian, commander of the US Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa, said in a statement that “actions like these increase the potential for mid-air collisions, are unnecessary and incompatible with good piloting and international flight rules “.
He added that the Russian plane “endangered the flight safety of the plane involved”.
Russia regularly carries out interceptions considered “unsafe and unprofessional”. Earlier this year, for example, the US Navy accused Russia of doing it at least three times in just two months, with Russian fighters closing in at dangerous distances or performing risky maneuvers while intercepting U.S. P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft.
In one case, a Russian fighter performed a high-speed reverse maneuver just 25 feet in front of the American plane, a move apparently taken directly from the movie “Top Gun”.
On another close call, two tactical aircraft closed in on either side of the P-8, limiting its ability to maneuver safely.
The dangerous interception of a bomber by Russian fighters on Friday followed a series of interceptions of Russian patrol planes by NORAD fighters the day before.
North American Aerospace Defense Command’s F-22 stealth fighters on Thursday intercepted three groups of two Russian Tu-142 maritime patrol planes in the Alaska Air Defense Identification Zone. The Russian plane approached about 50 nautical miles from the coast of Alaska, NORAD said in a statement Friday.
Long-range Russian air patrol flights near the United States appear to occur more frequently.
“This year we have made over a dozen interceptions, most of them in recent years,” NORAD Commander General Glen VanHerck said in a statement. “The importance of our continued efforts to plan air defense operations in and across the north has never been more evident.”
NORAD interceptions of the Russian maritime patrol plane occurred on the same day The North American Command said that he “was keeping a close eye on the Russian submarine that surfaced near Alaska.” The submarine is said to have participated in a full-scale Russian naval exercise.
“We are closely monitoring vessels of interest, including foreign military vessels, in our area of responsibility,” NORTHCOM said.
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