The US in the present day launched a minute-long declassified video footage of an armed Russian Su-27 plane conducting what it referred to as “an unsafe/unprofessional intercept” of a US Air Drive MQ-9 in worldwide airspace over the Black Sea on March 14.
The footage, posted on Twitter by the US European Command, reveals the Russian jet approaching the rear of the US Air Drive MQ-9 unmanned drone, which begins to launch gas because it passes over it. The video transmission abruptly stops simply because the Russian jet passes by. The propeller of the drone will be seen intact, and the Russian jet begins a second method in the direction of it seconds later. It releases gas over it once more, whereas passing by even nearer this time. One of many propellers might be seen broken after the second manoeuvre.
VIDEO: Two #Russian Su-27s performed an unsafe & unprofessional intercept w/a @usairforce intelligence, surveillance & reconnaissance unmanned MQ-9 working w/i worldwide airspace over the #BlackSea March 14. https://t.co/gMbKYNtIeQ@HQUSAFEAFAF@DeptofDefense@NATOpic.twitter.com/LB3BzqkBpY
— U.S. European Command (@US_EUCOM) March 16, 2023
The Russian fighter jet had on Tuesday dumped gas on the American drone after which collided with it, inflicting the drone to crash, the US military had said, slamming the manoeuvre as “reckless”.
The US army had mentioned that “a number of occasions earlier than the collision, the Su-27s dumped gas on and flew in entrance of the MQ-9 in a reckless, environmentally unsound and unprofessional method.”
Moscow had denied inflicting the crash of the drone, which the Pentagon mentioned was on a routine ISR (intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance) mission.
“Because of a pointy manoeuvre… the MQ-9 unmanned aerial car entered an uncontrolled flight with lack of altitude and collided with the floor of the water,” the Russian Defence Ministry mentioned, including that the 2 Russian jets had no contact with the US plane and didn’t use their weapons.