Two Russian jets flew in just 100 ft of a U.S. B-52 bomber jet Friday morning in an “unsafe and unprofessional” manner whilst the pilot was conducting plan education about worldwide waters in the Black Sea, the U.S. Air Power stated in a assertion Saturday.
The Air Drive stated the Russian Su-27 Flanker pilots consistently crossed within 100 ft of the nose of the B-52, causing turbulence and proscribing the U.S. pilot’s potential to maneuver.
“Actions like these improve the opportunity for midair collisions, are unnecessary, and inconsistent with fantastic airmanship and intercontinental flight procedures,” Gen. Jeff Harrigian, U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa commander, mentioned in the assertion. “While the Russian aircraft were being functioning in worldwide airspace, they jeopardized the security of flight of the plane involved. We be expecting them to work in just worldwide requirements set to guarantee security and avert incidents.”
The Air Force routinely operates in the region beneath acknowledged international security benchmarks, the assertion said.
U.S. B-52s flew around all 30 NATO nations Friday in a show of solidarity amid tensions with Russia, which is not a member.
“This solitary-working day mission, titled ’Allied Sky,’ is intended to display NATO solidarity, boost readiness and provide instruction alternatives aimed at improving interoperability for all collaborating aircrews from the U.S. and NATO allies,” the European Command statement stated.
Gen. Tod Wolters, commander of U.S. European Command included, “By further improving our enduring interactions, we send a crystal clear information to probable adversaries about our readiness to fulfill any world wide challenge.”
Two American F-22 fighters also intercepted three teams of Russian Tupelev jets as they entered the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) late Thursday evening amid an “increase” in foreign navy acitivity, Gen. Glen VanHerck, commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command, claimed.
Fox News’ Peter Aitken contributed to this report.