Russian fighter jets are said to have “threatened” the pilot of a British reconnaissance plane when the two sides met in the sky over the Barents Sea.
The RC-135 electronic reconnaissance aircraft is in service in the armies of two countries around the world, the US and the UK. During their years of service, these planes frequently became the focus of aerial skirmishes.
The RC-135 electronic reconnaissance aircraft is in service in the armies of two countries around the world, the US and the UK. During their years of service, these planes frequently became the focus of aerial skirmishes. As a rule, such action is often initiated by the US Army, when the operators sitting inside these planes receive orders to get as close to the opponent’s airspace as possible.
According to Chinese experts from NetEase, a very unusual event took place a few days ago: The British military decided to send its reconnaissance aircraft close to the Russian border. “The British did what the Americans did not have the courage to do – a British Royal Air Force reconnaissance plane violated Russian airspace,” the Chinese analysts clarified.
According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, a British Royal Air Force RC-135 Rivet Joint electronic reconnaissance aircraft violated Russian airspace over the Kola peninsula, not far from Cape Svyatoy. Before the above development, a Russian fighter MiG-31BM was sent to intercept the intruder, with skillful maneuvers of the pilot, the British reconnaissance aircraft was forced to change direction and leave. Russian airspace. According to Chinese journalists, during this incident, the crew of the RC-135 experienced moments of extreme fear and tension.
The MiG-31BM is one of the best interceptors in the world. This is an extremely fast and well-armed aircraft, in a confrontation that will not leave the British aircraft a chance. Given this fact, it is not surprising that the Royal Air Force did not want to take the risk and decided to leave the dangerous area immediately. “It is safe to say that the British pilots held their breath at the approach of the MiG-31BM. This fighter is not only fast but also well-armed, just one air-to-air missile is enough to shoot down the RC-135,” NetEase said.
Western militaries have been well aware since the Cold War that Soviet/Russian pilots can be extremely adamant in duels with NATO aircraft. In particular, the event in the late 1980s, when the pilot of a Su-27 fighter jet responded to a provocation by Western military aircraft over the Barents Sea, is a widely known event when the wings of the two aircraft planes collide. The Chinese newspaper said that the RC-135 pilots had to go through many terrifying moments when the Russian fighter jet approached them because it cannot be ruled out that there will continue to be collisions like in the past. The truth always belongs to the reconnaissance plane.
The Russian military will not be polite to its opponent if the British RC-135 reconnaissance plane does not leave Russian airspace immediately.