Washington: The US military said two Russian Su-27 fighter jets refueled its MQ-9 Reaper drone over the Black Sea on Tuesday and then collided with it, causing the drone to crash. The US European Command said, ‘Two Russian Su-27 fighter jets intercepted the unmanned MQ-9 Reaper over international waters and one cut its propeller. Several times before the collision, both the Russian Su-27 jets dumped fuel on the American MQ-9 Reaper drone and took off in a reckless and unprofessional manner. In its statement, Russia has denied any collision and said that the American drone automatically fell into the water.
US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told reporters in Washington that Russian intercepts over the Black Sea were common, but this incident deserves attention because it was very unsafe and unprofessional on the part of the Russian aircraft, indeed negligent. full. Nato diplomats in Brussels confirmed the incident, but said they did not expect it to turn into another confrontation immediately. A Nato military source, speaking to AFP on condition of anonymity, said diplomatic channels between Russia and the United States could help limit any confrontation.
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Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February last year raised fears of a direct confrontation between Moscow and the western NATO military alliance. Nato is helping Kiev defend itself. Last November, news of a missile attack in eastern Poland briefly raised the prospect of a direct confrontation between Nato and Russia. NATO countries later concluded that it was a Ukrainian air defense missile, not a Russian missile, that accidentally fell into Polish territory due to a technical fault. The United States uses MQ-9 Reaper drones for both surveillance and attack, and has long operated them over the Black Sea to keep an eye on Russian naval forces.
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Meanwhile, the Russian Defense Ministry said the US drone was flying near their border and entered an area declared by the Russian authorities as a restricted border. He said that the Russian army deployed fighter jets to intercept the drone and the drone fell into the water after taking a sharp turn. The MQ-9 Reaper drone is one of the most updated Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) used by the US military. It is equipped with the most advanced sensor, camera. Reaper drones can be armed with Hellfire missiles as well as laser-guided bombs and can fly up to 15,000 meters (50,000 feet) at an altitude of more than 1,100 miles (1,770 kilometers), according to the US Air Force.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : March 15, 2023, 07:43 IST