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Russian Su-30 fighter jet intercepted US P8A Poseidon

Defence News: A fighter jet was scrambled to intercept a US P-8A Poseidon  over neutral waters of the Black Sea on May 9, the Russian Defense Ministry revealed on Friday. “After approaching a plane at a safe distance the Russian pilot visually identified the flying object as a US surveillance plane P-8A Poseidon,” it was stated by the Russian Military. The P8-A Poseidon is the main variant from which the P8-I Orion is derived for Indian Navy.
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U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon © Darrin Zammit Lupi / Reuters

 

The Incident adds to the stress placed on Russia-US relations, both countries seem back to square one since the cold war days. American military activities have risen in Europe and areas which Russia and Erstwhile USSR used to dominate. Positioning of new anti missile systems and enforcing NATO with more troops and equipment near Russian borders has alarmed Russia. So much that President Putin had stated that the world is moving towards WW3 and it very well may be true.

RT (Russia Today) Reported this on their website:The incident occurred on May 9 at around 9am GMT, when Russian radars detected an aerial target over neutral waters of the Black Sea approaching the Russian border.

A Su-30 fighter jet was scrambled to intercept it, the ministry of defense said, adding that the jet safely returned to the base afterwards.

Previously, NBC reported that a Russian Su-27 jet approached a US plane over Black Sea neutral waters as close as seven meters.

The channel cited Captain Pamela Kunze, a spokeswoman for US Naval Forces Europe, who said that the aircraft was on a routine operation in international airspace. She also stated that US Navy aircraft and ships often interact with Russian ships and planes in and over international waters, and that “most interactions are safe and professional,” according to NBC.

It comes about a week after Russian jets and bombers were intercepted while conducting routine flights near Alaska. The Russian Defense Ministry stated that these flights in no way violate any nation’s borders or international rules, and similar missions are conducted over the Atlantic and the Arctic Oceans, as well as the Black Sea.

The jets were, however, intercepted by US military aircraft. US officials treated the incident as routine as well, describing it as “unproblematic” and saying that around 60 incidents have occurred since 2007.

In fact incidents don’t seem to be rare. In April, 2 Russian Tu-95 planes were intercepted by America F-22s,  a hundred miles from Alaska’s Kodiak Island, Pentagon said the Russian bombers were escorted for  twelve minutes by America jets as they were in international airspace, with representative Navy Commander Ross noting their “safe and professional” conduct. In Feb, 2 Russian Tu-160 strategic bombers were scanned by Royal Air Force jets northeast of England.

 

Written by Baldeva Singh

Baldeva Singh is a tough talking nationalist who has a flair for writing. Defence matters, technical details on weapons and war scenarios are his key expert areas. Baldev is known to walk the talk in his personal life. He is from Patiala (Punjab). His friends call him a "blunt weapon" but he is often found reading old books when free!

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