Russian fighter jets intercepted a US nuclear-capable B-52 bomber over the Pacific
Ocean as tensions between nations continue.
Three Su-35 fighter jets escorted the Stratofortress jet as the bomber flew near the
Russian border after being detected by radar, Putin’s military officials said.
It comes as relations remain sour between Russia and the US – with Moscow and
Washington locked in a power struggle and trading constantly trading barbs.
Russia has recently been hosted large-scale war games which have been monitored
by the US who dispatched spy planes to the region.
And the latest aerial intercept continues the two side’s tit-for-tat military exercises as
they each accuse the other of aggression.
Russia’s national defence control centre said the B-52H bomber was detected by
military forces in Russia’s eastern region.
“In order to classify and escort the foreign aircraft, three Su-35s fighters from the air
defense forces of the eastern military district were taken into the air,” officials said,
reports state-run media RIA Novosti.
Military officials added that the US Air Force plane then moved away from the
Russian border and the three warplanes returned to their home base.
And they insisted the Russian aircraft carried out the intercept in “strict accordance
accordance with the international rules for the use of airspace”.
US and Russian pilots often accuse each other of dangerous flying during these kinds
of encounters – including a similar incident last year over the Black Sea.
Kremlin fighters planes came within 100 feet of a B52 last August and caused
turbulence that gave the bomber trouble steering during the intercept which was
warned to have risked a crash.
However, there are so far no allegations regarding this latest incident over the Pacific.
“Violations of the state border of the Russian Federation, as well as dangerous
approaches of aircraft in the air were not allowed,” Russian officials said.
Sukhoi Su-35s – dubbed by NATO with the callsign “Flanker” – make up the backbone
of the Russian air force.
The jets are capable of speeds of up to 1,500mph, have a range of 2,200 miles, and are
equipped with two turbofan afterburner engines.
Bristling with guns and weapons, the fighters have an autocannon along with 12
hardpoints with ordinance – capable of carrying up to 8,000kg of bombs and missiles.