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Old 05-26-2020, 03:38 PM
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Exclamation Unsafe, Unprofessional Interception of a U.S. Navy P-8 by Russian SU-35s over the Med

Unsafe, Unprofessional Interception of a U.S. Navy P-8 by Russian SU-35s over the Mediterranean Sea
By: U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa Public Affairs and U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs | | May 26, 2020

Note: On site there are nine photo's you should review to see the scope of these Russia aircraft manuvers.

For the third time in two months, Russian pilots flew in an unsafe and unprofessional manner while intercepting a U.S. Navy P-8A Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft in the U.S. 6th Fleet, May 26, 2020.

On May 26, 2020, a U.S. Navy P-8A aircraft was flying in the Eastern Mediterranean over international waters and was intercepted by two Russian Su-35 aircraft over a period of 65 minutes. The intercept was determined to be unsafe and unprofessional due to the Russian pilots taking close station on each wing of the P-8A simultaneously, restricting the P-8As ability to safely maneuver.

The unnecessary actions of the Russian Su-35 pilots were inconsistent with good airmanship and international flight rules, and jeopardized the safety of flight of both aircraft.

While the Russian aircraft was operating in international airspace, this interaction was irresponsible. We expect them to operate within international standards set to ensure safety and to prevent incidents, including the 1972 Agreement for the Prevention of Incidents On and Over the High Seas (INCSEA). Actions like these increase the potential for midair collisions.

This incident follows two unsafe interactions in April, over the same waters. In all cases, the U.S. aircraft were operating in international airspace, consistent with international law, with due regard for safety of flight, and did not provoke this Russian activity.

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Personal note: Were they buzzed because they were infringing on a certain airspace?
These actions will sooner or later cause and interdiction that could inflame a major response.
If they are over International Water's the right away is given. If they infringe in areas of borderline allowances this could results in an exchange. They are pushing the envelope on both sides - and sooner or later - something will happen and could be deter-mental response.
Triggering and exchange would be considered an act of war if not a sever response by either side. We've been playing these games pretty often so whose right and whose has the right way?


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