BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 P.M.) – A Russian jet flew within 7 meters of a U.S. spy plane that was flying towards the Syrian coastline last week, the Russian publication Avia.Pro reported, citing the Popular Mechanics news site.

According to the report, the Russian Su-35, which was deployed to intercept a U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon aircraft, flew within 7-8 meters of the the spy plane.

“The Su-35 flew only 7-8 meters from the American aircraft in an inverted position. According to the U.S. Navy, the P-8A Poseidon crew struggled to cope with turbulence due to the close passage of the fighter,” the publication quoted Popular Mechanics as saying.

“It was found that the passage was unsafe due to the fact that the Su-35 conducted a high-speed maneuver at a distance of 25 feet directly in front of the mission aircraft, which endangered our pilots and crew,” the US military said in a statement.

Popular Mechanics cited the U.S. Navy as saying, “we expect that they [Russian pilots] will behave in accordance with international standards established to ensure safety and prevent incidents.”

The Russian Ministry of Defense has yet to comment on this incident, which was condemned by officials in Washington.

 

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slavonac
slavonac
2020-04-20 05:07

If that does not tell you “f.ck off” nothing short of shooting down a S400-sniffing-spy-plane will

Daeshbags-Sux
Daeshbags-Sux
2020-04-20 14:58
Reply to  slavonac

Except that P-8A is not a spy plane, it’s a maritime patrol aircraft, moreover flying in international airspace, therefore, if true, the Russian pilot is absolutely unprofessional : he risked to destroy his Su-35 stupidly.
Avia.pro is so pro that he doesn’t even distinguish a Mar-Pat aircraft from a spy-plane, it says everything about this site. Even South-Front sees Avia.pro as utter bullshït.

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gzman501
2020-04-20 15:52

The US rams ships, including huge freighters and they cry about this? Oh, boo hoo…and a P-8 is not just a maritime patrol craft…no matter what douchebags think. Sub-hunter and used for shipping interdiction. Oh, they also fly into hurricanes. No hurricanes in Syria.

Daeshbags-Sux
Daeshbags-Sux
2020-04-21 14:23
Reply to  gzman501

Maritime Patrol includes “submarine hunt” which is called ASW (Anti-Submarine Warfare) and “ship interdiction” which is called ASuW (Anti-Surface Warfare), and P-8 is absolutely armed with torpedoes, depth charges, anti-ship missiles, in case you wouldn’t know! In Russia, Il-38M is used in the same role, and there is a also a specialised version of Tu-95, the Tu-142, still, do you call Tu-142 or Il-38M spy planes? Nope! They’re Mar-Pat aircraft. All can be also used for maritime reconnaissance for sure, and even SaR (Search and Rescue) by dropping lifeboats etc, but you also have unarmed aircraft doing Mar-Rec and SaR…… Read more »