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Russian Fighter Jet Buzzed US Military Spy Plane

FILE: In April, a Russian fighter jet came within 100 feet of a U.S. Air Force RC-135U spy plane, like the one shown here.
FILE: In April, a Russian fighter jet came within 100 feet of a U.S. Air Force RC-135U spy plane, like the one shown here.
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A Russian fighter jet flew within 100 feet of the nose of a U.S. military spy plane in late April north of Japan, triggering private U.S. protests to Moscow just as East-West tensions soared over the crisis in the Ukraine, the Pentagon said.

The incident took place during the afternoon of April 23, when a Russian Su-27 Flanker approached the U.S. Air Force RC-135U aircraft flying on a routine mission in international airspace over the Sea of Okhotsk, officials said.
 
Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, said there was no radio communication between the aircraft but that the Russian jet turned as it approached the U.S. plane to expose its belly.
 
There was no radio communication, making it "difficult to know the pilot's reasoning," Warren told reporters Tuesday. "But the effect was that the personnel on the [American plane] were able to see that the flanker was armed."

Warren added that he was not aware of any close encounters since then and that the U.S. would continue to fly its usual missions in the area.
 
On April 12, a Russian fighter jet made a dozen close-range passes near the Navy warship USS Donald Cook in international waters of the Black Sea.

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the U.S. military's Joint Chiefs of Staff, privately expressed their concerns about both incidents to Moscow instead of discussing the matter publicly at the time, Warren said.
 
Russia's embassy in Washington did not immediately respond Wednesday to a request for comment about the fly-by incident.
 
VOA Pentagon correspondent Jeff Seldin contributed to this report.

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by: Not Again from: Canada
June 05, 2014 9:29 AM
Just Russian acting as they really are, as long as they are armed amend the opponent is not, then they act up; and you can be very much assured that it was done with the authorization of the controller/chain of command. With the minutarized size of modern weapon control says no real reason exists as to having RC 135 unarmed, other than cost. As the global situation becomes more unstable, self defence will become a priority in any case, given the range of the 135, would not make full sense to have fighter escorts.

Bottom line arm the 135s, instead of waiting for one of them to be shot down, so at least they can defend themselves, thus avoiding the usual potential sucide missions unarmed forces can be subject to- The history of the US/West has many cases in which unarmed recce planes were destroyed by adversaries, crews sacrificed, politicians granstanded, no reaction.......justice not part of the process!
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by: paul lee from: ua
June 05, 2014 10:26 AM
first we had stated that all provocation closed to a distance of 500m was considered as take hilgh risk of an attacking and he who did that will be shoot down without warning.

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