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"Russian jet collides with US drone over Black Sea"

Old 14th Mar 2023, 17:11
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"Russian jet collides with US drone over Black Sea"

First reports on Radio 4 PM of a 'conflict' between Russian SU27 and US Reaper over the Black Sea. Looks like the Reaper was brought down.
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Drone downed in black sea.

may make interesting video
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Originally Posted by 134brat
First reports on Radio 4 PM of a 'conflict' between Russian SU27 and US Reaper over the Black Sea. Looks like the Reaper was brought down.

https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2023/03/14/p...sea/index.html
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"Russian jet collides with US drone over Black Sea"

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-64957792

By Henri Astier
BBC NewsA Russian fighter jet has collided with a US drone, causing the unmanned US aircraft to crash into the Black Sea, the American military says.

It says the drone was on a routine mission in international airspace when two Russian jets tried to intercept it.

The US European Command said Tuesday's crash was the result of an "unprofessional act by the Russians".

Russia said the drone crashed after a "sharp manoeuvre", and denied that the two aircraft made contact.

The Russian defence ministry also said the US aircraft was flying with its transponders turned off. Transponders are communications devices that allow the aircraft to be tracked.

The incident happened at about 7:03 Central European Time, according to the US military.

"Our MQ-9 aircraft was conducting routine operations in international airspace when it was intercepted and hit by a Russian aircraft, resulting in a crash and complete loss of the MQ-9," the statement said.

Several times before the collision the Su-27 fighter jets dumped fuel on the drone in a "reckless, environmentally unsound and unprofessional manner".

MQ-9 Reaper drones are surveillance aircraft with a 20m (66ft) wingspan.

White House spokesman John Kirby said Russian intercepts of US aircraft were not uncommon over the Black Sea, but it was the first time that one had resulted in a crash.

Tensions have risen in the region ever since Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014.

Since Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine the US and the UK have stepped up reconnaissance and surveillance flights, though always operating in international airspace.

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USS Pueblo again?
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Bbc news reporting Russian jets dumped fuel in front of the drone and damaged its prop forcing it down.

Are the Russians planning something? US Escorts for the drones?
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I’m reminded of Spitfires tipping over the wings of doodlebugs
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Think there will be a rush to recover it?
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Fit missiles in future for self defence?
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The RAF already escort the Rivet joint with Typhoons. Who is going to pick up the debris given that it has ditched??
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Wonder what happened to the Russian jet?
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Think there will be a rush to recover it?
And who will do that & how?
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WW3?

So Russia has intentionally attacked and destroyed a NATO asset. Is this was a manned fighter the reaction would.be unequivocal,and I don't see much distinction between that and a drone..
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Originally Posted by Ninthace
Fit missiles in future for self defence?
or provide a fighter escort?


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Originally Posted by Brewster Buffalo
or provide a fighter escort?
Sort of defeats the purpose of an unmanned surveillance drone...
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Intercepted in an "environmentally unsound" manner - with all that's going on that's a quality statement, dumb a** quality.
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Preceded by the two Su-27s dumping fuel on top of the Reaper, according to the BBC.

Hmmm.
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Preceded by the two Su-27s dumping fuel on top of the Reaper, according to the BBC.

Hmmm.
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It all seems very sketchy - I wonder if this was a cack-handed attempt by the Russians to bring it down relatively intact in order to retrieve it? Or maybe they got fed up with it and had orders to bring it down without actually shooting it down (which could be interpreted as an overtly hostile act?).
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Does anyone know if the Su-27 has fuel dump capability ?
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