Inside, American reconnaissance aircraft approached Russia

Inside, American reconnaissance aircraft approached Russia 2
Inside, American reconnaissance aircraft approached Russia 2

At an altitude of 9,100 m above sea level, a crew member rushed out the large window on the side of the US Navy’s P-8A Poseidon reconnaissance plane.

He pointed toward a blue-white, twin-engine fighter that briefly appeared on the left side of the Poseidon before disappearing from sight.

Inside the flight approaching Russia by American reconnaissance aircraft

Flight of P-8A reconnaissance near the Crimean peninsula.

The US military often deploys bombers or reconnaissance aircraft to approach Russian airspace, especially in the Black Sea.

The encounter of the P-8A took place safely.

`The biggest danger is miscalculation. The Russian side regularly approaches and monitors US aircraft. They usually act professionally and safely, but sometimes show a lack of professionalism,` Colonel Tim Thompson,

During the flight, the P-8A crew discovered over 10 Russian warships, including a Kilo-class submarine, and 7 military aircraft of all types.

`We track many things. Russian vehicles usually do not turn on their civilian automatic identification system (AIS). We have to detect them, then get closer to observe, identify and send information,`

Inside, American reconnaissance aircraft approached Russia

The Russian Kilo submarine appears on the tracking screen on the US P-8A aircraft.

The US conducts multiple reconnaissance flights every week in the Black Sea to show off its strength to Russia, as well as reassure allies in the region.

On the P-8A cockpit, pilot Daniel Loudon explained the reason why encounters always make American flight crews nervous.

Russian fighters have high speed and maneuverability, easily changing flight direction and altitude in the blink of an eye.

The American P-8A reconnaissance plane was developed on the Boeing 737 passenger airframe. Loudon said that `the control process is very interesting, the steering system has high feedback`.

That’s what happened to the B-52H bomber on August 28, when two Russian Su-27 fighters flew close behind and sandwiched the American plane in the middle.

The US Navy’s 6th Fleet said on May 26 that two Russian Su-35S fighters were `closely attached` right behind the P-8A reconnaissance aircraft.

Inside, American reconnaissance aircraft approached Russia

Russian Su-35S fighter followed behind a US P-8A reconnaissance plane on May 26.

Rear Admiral Anthony Carullo, commander of combat operations of the US Naval Forces in Europe (USNFE), said reconnaissance flights are becoming increasingly important in the context of Russia expanding its military activities in the Sea.

Relations between Moscow and the West have deteriorated since Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula.

`We are here to maintain monitoring their movements. That is a message to all potential opponents, as well as allies and partners,` Rear Admiral Carullo added.

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