US Air Force says Russian fighters carried out ‘dangerous’ interception of B-52 bomber over Black Sea

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  • The US Air Force said on Saturday that Russian fighter jets carried out a “dangerous and unprofessional” interception of a US B-52 Stratofortress bomber over the Black Sea on Friday.
  • The service said two Russian Su-27 Flankers passed each other within 100 feet of the aircraft’s nose more than once during the afterburner, causing turbulence and negatively affecting the bomber’s maneuverability.
  • NORAD F-22 fighters on Friday intercepted six Russian patrol planes approaching Alaska, which Russian military planes are doing more and more frequently.
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A pair of Russian fighters carried out a “dangerous and unprofessional” interception of a US B-52 Stratofortress bomber over the Black Sea on Friday, 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 while crossing within 100 feet of the nose of the B-52 several times at the same altitude and afterburning, causing turbulence and limiting the capacity of the B-52. maneuver. ”

General Jeff Harrigian, commander of the United States Air Force in Europe and the Air Force in Africa, said in a statement that “actions like these increase the potential for mid-air collisions, are unnecessary and incompatible with good control of the air. ‘air and international flight rules’.

He added that the Russian plane “endangered the flight safety of the plane involved”.

Russia regularly carries out interceptions considered “dangerous and unprofessional”. Earlier this year, for example, the US Navy accused Russia of doing so at least three times in just two months, with Russian fighters approaching dangerous distances or performing risky maneuvers by intercepting maritime patrol and reconnaissance planes. P-8A Poseidon.

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.”

In another close call, two tactical planes closed in on either side of the P-8, limiting its ability to maneuver safely.

Russian Su-35 intercepts US Navy P-8A Poseidon patrol plane

A Russian Su-35 intercepting a US Navy P-8A Poseidon patrol aircraft.

US Navy

The dangerous interception of a bomber was not the only interception on Friday.

F-22 stealth fighters from the North American Aerospace Defense Command intercepted three groups of two Russian maritime patrol Tu-142 aircraft in the Alaska Air Defense Identification Zone. The Russian plane approached about 50 nautical miles off the coast of Alaska, NORAD said in a statement Friday.

Russian long-range air patrol flights near the United States appear to occur more frequently.

“This year, we have carried out more than a dozen interceptions, the most recent in recent years,” NORAD Commander General Glen VanHerck said in a statement. “The importance of our continued efforts to project air defense operations in and across the north has never been more evident. ”

The interceptions of the Russian patrol plane by NORAD came a day after the US Northern Command said it was “closely monitoring the Russian submarine that surfaced near Alaska today”. 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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