The Russian military had to scramble a Sukhoi Su-30 fighter aircraft (NATO reporting name: Flanker-C) on November 25 after detecting an aerial target approaching the Russian border, the Russian Southern Military District’s press service said in a statement.
The US P-8A Poseidon reconnaissance plane was approaching the Russian state border in the Black Sea, according to Moscow. The Russian fighter jet flew over the aerial object and visually identified it as American reconnaissance aircraft P-8A Poseidon.
In the wake of the incident, CNN reported, citing Pentagon spokeswoman Lt. Col. Michelle Baldanza, that Russia’s Su-30 had made an “unsafe” intercept of a US P-8A Poseidon maritime, patrol and reconnaissance aircraft.
US European Command Spokesman Juan Martinez explained that the maneuver was dubbed “unsafe” since the Russian jet made a close approach with full afterburners on, while the P-8A was “conducting a routine operation in international airspace.”
The Russian military reported that, after being detected by the Russian fighter, the US reconnaissance aircraft changed its trajectory to move away from Russia’s airspace.
Such encounters occur on a regular basis, however, it is the first intercept reported as unsafe since June when a Russian jet came close to a US spy aircraft over the Baltic Sea.
Sputnik / AA Magnum Blog News 2017.