A Russian fighter aircraft Su-27 was tested on Wednesday with US Navy Jet over the Black Sea. It was revealed that Russian fighter Aircraft is "unsafe close range intercept" as compared to U.S. Navy jet.
Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said, “Russian Su-27 came extremely close and spent 19 minutes intercepting the U.S. P-8A Poseidon. The P-8 was conducting "routine operations in international airspace."
"U.S. Navy aircraft and ships routinely interact with Russian units in the area and most interactions are safe and professional," Davis said.
"However, we have concerns when there is an unsafe maneuver like this. These actions have the potential to unnecessarily escalate tensions, and could result in a miscalculation or accident." He added.
Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said, “the U.S. P-8 was operating without a transponder signal, causing the Russians to launch their Su-27s from Belbek, an air base in Crimea.”
Konashenkov said, “The Russian jet approached the P-8 twice before it "abruptly changed course" and flew away from the Russian border.”
"The Russian pilots acted in strict conformity with air traffic international rules," Konashenkov said. "This is not the first attempt by the NATO aviation to approach the Russian state border to conduct reconnaissance in the areas where the Caucasus 2016 strategic command-and-staff exercise is held." He added.
From 5 to 10, September, around 12,000 troops were involved in the exercise where it included use of new equipment, mobilizing region-based units and the wide use of aviation and maritime forces of the Black Sea Fleet and the Caspian flotilla.
It is misty what the P-8 was doing over the Black Sea, however the close landlocked waterway is a working territory for Russia's Black Sea Fleet, an unexpected of surface ships and submarines that invests energy in both the Mediterranean and the Black Sea. Ships from the armada have appeared some of Russia's most up to date weaponry, including Kalibr-sort voyage rockets shot into Syria not long ago from the Mediterranean. In October, ships from Russia's Caspian Flotilla dispatched voyage rockets into Syria from the Caspian Sea.
The P-8 is a moderately new flying machine. It entered administration in the previous couple of years in the wake of being planned as a substitution to the P-3 Orion, a prop-driven sea observation air ship that spent the better a portion of its administration life pursuing Soviet subs amid the Cold War. While one of P-8's missions is recognizing and assaulting adversary submarines through sonar and torpedoes, the air ship likewise conveys a propelled radar to distinguish surface targets.
Wednesday's occurrence is only one in a progression of communications this year amongst Russian and U.S. powers that are reminiscent of the Cold War, when hazardous flybys and elevated shows of power were a typical event. Since Russia's attacks into Ukraine in 2014, Russian military action along its outskirts and around NATO airspace has spiked. On Tuesday, Estonia blamed Russia for abusing its airspace for the fourth time this year and in November a Russian plane was shot around a Turkish F-16 after it crossed into Turkish airspace while flying a bombarding keep running over Syria.
In April, there were experiences over the Baltic Sea including Russian air ship humming the USS Donald Cook and a RC-135 surveillance air ship in two separate episodes. The Cook experienced a flight of two Russian swing-wing Su-24 aircraft that came surprisingly close to the destroyer's back deck and the U.S. air ship was on a "normal" mission when a Su-27 barrel moved over it from wing tip to wing tip.