The Pentagon has cried foul anew over what they called an ‘unsafe and unprofessional’ maneuver of a Russian SU-27 plane when it barreled roll over a flying RC-135 of the U.S Air Force.
For the second time in one month, the Russian fighter jet was just 25 feet away from a flying U.S Air Force plain traversing the international airspace above the Baltic Sea. In a statement, as reported by the CNN, the SU-27 approached at a dangerously close distance before it flew in the opposite direction Friday.
“The SU-27 intercepted the U.S. aircraft flying a routine route at high rate of speed from the side then proceeded to perform an aggressive maneuver that posed a threat to the safety of the U.S. aircrew in the RC-135,” Baldanza was quoted as saying by the CNN.
Sensing the carelessness and the danger of such maneuver, it was reported that U.S defense officials would air this concern with its Russian counterparts. Just barely two weeks ago, a similar incident happened involving a flying U.S Air Force jet approached by a Russian fighter jet at 50 feet of distance.
The Americans consider both incidents as provocative and dangerous. The April 14 incident also involved a Russian SU-27 aircraft that also did the barrel roll maneuver, which is considered by flying experts all over the world as a dangerous maneuver.
Meanwhile, the Russians, through its Minister of Defense said the Russian SU-27 approached the American jet as a means to alert its pilot as its transponder was turned off, the New York Post reported.
“All flights of Russian planes are conducted in accordance with international regulations on the use of airspace. The US Air Force has two solutions: Either not to fly near our borders or to turn the transponder on for identification,” the Russian Ministry of Defense said in a statement.