Russian Su-27 Fighter Jets Intercept U.S. Air Force RC-135 Spy Plane Over Black Sea

Russian Su-27 fighter jets were scrambled to intercept a U.S. Air Force RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft over the Black Sea on Wednesday, Southern Military District’s press office said in a statement.

“On 1 July 2020, on-duty air defence units timely spotted a U.S. Air Force reconnaissance plane over the Black Sea and sent Russian fighter jets to escort it,” the statement said.

The statement said that the U.S. aircraft was continuously tracked by Russia’s radar monitoring equipment at a considerable distance from the Russian state border adding that no violation of the border was recorded. The fighter jets, which belonged to the Russian Black Sea Fleet, identified the spy plane as an RC-135W Rivet Joint.

Boeing RC-135V Rivet Joint
A U.S. Air Force (USAF) RC-135 Rivet Joint reconnaissance aircraft. USAF Photo.

This is the third intercept of U.S. military aircraft by Russian fighter jet in the past three days.

On June 29, Russia scrambled Su-27 fighter jets to intercept two U.S. military aircraft –  a U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft and a U.S. Air Force RC-135 strategic reconnaissance aircraft – over the Black Sea.

On June 26,  a Russian Navy Su-30 “Flanker” aircraft assigned to the Black Sea Fleet naval aviation from the air defense duty forces of the Southern Military District were scrambled to intercept U.S. reconnaissance aircraft over Black Sea. The U.S. aircraft intercepted included a USAF RC-135 aircraft, a USAF KC-135 Stratotanker aerial refueling aircraft and a Navy P-8A Poseidon.

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