A Russian Su-27 fighter took to the air to intercept an American reconnaissance aircraft over the Black Sea. This was announced by the National Defense Control Center of the Russian Federation on August 28.
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“On August 28, Russian airspace control devices over the neutral waters of the Black Sea detected an air target approaching the state border of the Russian Federation. To identify the air target and prevent violation of the state border of the Russian Federation, a Su-27 fighter from the air defense forces of the Southern Military District was taken into the air, ”the message says.
The center also noted that the crew of the Russian fighter approached a safe distance to the object – it turned out to be a strategic reconnaissance aircraft RC-135 of the US Air Force.
After the foreign military aircraft turned away from the Russian state border, the Russian fighter safely returned to the home airfield. The flight of the Su-27 took place strictly in accordance with the international rules for the use of airspace.
“Violation of the state border of the Russian Federation by the American plane was not allowed,” the department added.
Earlier, on August 24, the Russian Su-27 fighter took off to intercept reconnaissance aircraft of the US Air Force, the Swedish Air Force and the German Navy over the Baltic Sea.
The National Defense Control Center said that the aerial targets were identified as the strategic reconnaissance aircraft RC-135 of the US Air Force, the Gulf Stream reconnaissance aircraft of the Swedish Air Force and the Orion base patrol aircraft of the German Navy. At the same time, the latter, in order to achieve stealth approach to the state border of the Russian Federation, flew over the sea at low altitude – 500 m and low speed – 250 km / h.