Russian Su-35 again threatens US Navy aviation safety

By | May 27, 2020
Russian Su-35 again threatens US Navy aviation safety

The third in the last two months, the incident occurred in international airspace over the Mediterranean sea

Representatives of the Sixth Fleet of the US Navy reported its third in the last two months dangerous interception of us patrol and reconnaissance aircraft carried out two Russian aircraft.

In the report of the representative of the Sixth fleet, Jonathan Nelson said that on May 26 the American aircraft P-8A flew over international waters in the Eastern Mediterranean and was intercepted two Russian su-35. Unsafe and unprofessional intercept, during which the Russians occupied too close a position to the P-8A at the same time, limiting the ability of American aircraft to safely maneuver lasted for 65 minutes.

“Not necessitated by the actions of the Russian pilots of the su-35 is not consistent with good airmanship and rules of international flights and jeopardize the safety of the flight aircraft of both sides”, – is spoken in the message of the Sixth fleet.

The behavior of the Russian aircraft in international airspace was irresponsible, it said in a statement. The U.S. Navy expects the Russian pilots ‘ actions “in accordance with international standards to ensure safety and prevent incidents, including the 1972 Agreement on the prevention of incidents at sea and over the high seas (INCASE)”, the report indicates.

In April in the same area the Russian air force conducted a similar double-unsafe intercept of our aircraft. In the U.S. Navy argued that the American pilots had not provoked by their actions, this sort of interception.

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