On July 31st, the Russian defense ministry said it had sent an Su-27 fighter jet to intercept a U.S. surveillance plane over the Black Sea.
The US aircraft changed its course away from the Russian border.
According to the military, on July 31, an air target approaching the state border of the Russian Federation was discovered over the neutral waters of the Black Sea, and a Su-27 was raised from the air defense duty of the Southern Military District to intercept it.
“The crew of the Russian fighter approached a safe distance to the aerial object and identified it as the EP-3E US Navy radio-technical reconnaissance aircraft,” the command noted.
This is the fifth such case in the last eight days, the previous ones happened on July 23rd, 24th, 27th and 30th.
In particular, on July 30th, the Russian Su-27 from the air defense unit of the Southern Military District also took to the air to intercept the US Air Force RC-135 strategic reconnaissance aircraft and the US Navy P-8A Poseidon base patrol aircraft over the Black Sea.
A video was released showing the interception.
The Russian National Defense Management Center noted that the entire flight of the Russian Su-27 aircraft took place in accordance with international rules for the use of airspace.
“The US reconnaissance aircraft have not violated the state border of the Russian Federation,” the Center added.
There were no clashes of any sort, and as soon as being intercepted all of the US aircraft returned to their host bases.
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