U.S. Air Force plane intercepted by Russian jet in ‘unsafe’ manner

By AFP     20 mins ago in World

A US Air Force reconnaissance plane was intercepted by a Russian SU-27 jet in an “unsafe and unprofessional” manner while flying a routine route in international airspace over the Baltic Sea, the Pentagon said.

“The US aircraft was operating in international airspace and at no time crossed into Russian territory,” said Laura Seal, a Pentagon spokeswoman.

The incident comes shortly after Russian aircraft repeatedly buzzed the USS Donald Cook this past week, including an incident Tuesday in which a Russian Su-24 flew 30 feet (nine meters) above the ship in a “simulated attack profile,” according to the US military’s European Command.

Russia has denied the action was reckless or provocative.

“This unsafe and unprofessional air intercept has the potential to cause serious harm and injury to all aircrews involved,” Seal said of Thursday’s incident.

“More importantly, the unsafe and unprofessional actions of a single pilot have the potential to unnecessarily escalate tensions between countries.”

The US aircraft in question was an RC-135.

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Another day another case the RC-135 is essentially a spy plane

USA if not careful might get there war soon which they will regret!

The aircraft is derived from its predecessor the C-135 Stratolifter and can execute intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) operations.

Sensors

Onboard electro-optic sensors fitted in the aircraft trace geo-located signals within the electro-magnetic spectrum and transfer the captured data to operators through secure satellite communication data link.

Performance

The RC-135 can climb at a rate of 1,490m/min. The maximum speed of the aircraft is 933km/h. The range and service ceiling are 5,550km and 15,200m respectively. The aircraft weighs around 78,743kg and its maximum take-off weight is 133,633kg. @airforce-technology.com

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