Russian jet forces US aircraft to change course over Black Sea

A US Navy P-8A Poseidon anti-submarine warfare aircraft was intercepted by a Russian Air Force Su-30 Flanker fighter jet
Wednesday, 29 November 2017 04:51

The crew of a Russian Su-30 fighter jet forced an aircraft of the U.S. Air Force to change its course over the Black Sea after the U.S. reconnaissance plane approached the Russian state border, Lt. Gen. Viktor Sevastyanov, a senior Russian air force commander, said.

On Monday, the CNN reported citing Pentagon spokeswoman Lt. Col. Michelle Baldanza that Russia's Su-30 had made an "unsafe" intercept of a U.S. P-8A Poseidon maritime, patrol and reconnaissance aircraft.

"The manoeuvre was carried out only after the U.S. reconnaissance flew about 10 kilometres closer to the state border of Russia. The crew of Su-30 forced Poseidon aircraft to change its course. Our fighter jet escorted the US aircraft and, after making sure that the Poseidon had retired from the Russian state border, returned to the base," Sevastyanov told the Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper.

Sevastyanov pointed out the professionalism of the Su-30 crew, adding that this was the standard practice of preventing the violation of the air border.

The Russian Southern Military District's press service said in a statement on Tuesday that the Russian military had to scramble its Su-30 fighter aircraft on November 25 after detecting an aerial target approaching the Russian border, which was later identified as a U.S. reconnaissance aircraft.