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Russian Su-35 Fighter Makes ‘Irresponsible’ Intercept of Navy P-8A Over Mediterranean

Wednesday, June 5, 2019   (0 Comments)

By Sam LaGrone  |  June 4, 2019  |  USNI News


A Navy surveillance aircraft was intercepted by a Russian fighter over the Mediterranean Sea “determined to be unsafe,” according to a late Tuesday statement from U.S. 6th Fleet.

A Navy P-8A Poseidon was operating in international airspace over the Mediterranean when it was intercepted by a Russian Sukhoi Su-35 three times. While the first and third interactions were determined to be in line with international rules, the second was called out by 6th Fleet.

“The second interaction was determined to be unsafe due to the SU-35 conducting a high speed pass directly in front of the mission aircraft, which put our pilots and crew at risk,” read the statement. “The crew of the P-8A reported wake turbulence following the second interaction. The duration of the intercept was approximately 28 minutes.” READ MORE...

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