Russian Fighter Jet Flies Within 5 Feet Of US Spy Plane, Causing “Violent Turbulence”

Russian Fighter Jet Flies Within 5 Feet Of US Spy Plane, Causing “Violent Turbulence”:

In the latest attempt to recreate Top Gun in real life, a Russian Su-27 fighter jet reportedly performed an “unsafe intercept of a US Navy P-3 Orion surveillance plane” while it was flying in international airspace next to Russia, over the the Black Sea Monday, CNN reports.

What makes today’s alleged close encounter remarkable is that the American pilots reported that the Russian jet came within five feet of the US plane. The Russian jet’s action forced the US Navy aircraft – which was spying on Russia from above international waters in immediate vicinity to Russia – to end its mission prematurely.

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6 thoughts on “Russian Fighter Jet Flies Within 5 Feet Of US Spy Plane, Causing “Violent Turbulence”

  1. For decades the Navy faced no major rival on the open ocean. As a consequence, it allowed its missile arsenal to shrink and grow obsolete, even as Russia and China developed better and better ship-destroying missiles.

    The farthest-flying Russian anti-ship missile today can hit US ships from as far as 300 miles away. The current longest-range American missile, the 1970s-vintage Harpoon, can travel just 125 miles. “Surface combatants today cannot engage submarines, surface ships or aircraft from outside enemy anti-ship missile range,” Bryan Clark, an analyst with the Washington, DC-based Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, warned in a 2014 study.

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