Reconnaissance aviation of the US and UK abruptly increased the quantity of flights of airplanes and drones near the borders of Russia. Russian fighters intercepted reconnaissance antisubmarine airplane P-8A Poseidon of the US navy twice.
MOSCOW RESPONDS TO ATTEMPTS OF PENTAGON TO CONTROL NAVAL BASES OF THE BLACK SEA FLEET HARSHLY
Last week, reconnaissance aviation of the US and UK abruptly increased the quantity of flights of airplanes and drones near the borders of Russia. According to mass media, on May 11 they conducted reconnaissance raids near the territories of Murmansk and Kaliningrad regions. They also flew not far from the Russian bases in Syria. Heavy reconnaissance drone of the US of RQ-4 Global Hawk type barrages in the air above the Black Sea. Two incidents happened there on May 9 and 12 that were related to interception of reconnaissance antisubmarine airplane P-8A Poseidon of the US navy by Russian fighters.
Approach of Russian multipurpose fighters of the fourth generation Su-30 and Su-27 to the American reconnaissance airplane was considered provocative by Western mass media. Television channel NBC reported with reference to the American navy that on May 9 Su-30 fighter flew at a distance of less than seven meters from P-8A Poseidon. The Defense Ministry confirmed this fact in principle. The ministry reported, “The Russian fighter performed a maneuver of “greeting” of American pilots, after which the American reconnaissance airplane changed the flight route in the direction of going farther from the border with Russia. Su-30 fighter returned to its base airplane successfully.”
Referring to objective control data, mass media draw a conclusion that up to two or three flights of aircraft of the US and other NATO countries near Russian military objects are registered practically daily lately. However, Russian combat airplanes do not take off to intercept them often. What caused the “scaring off” maneuvers of airplanes of the Aerospace Forces in the area of the Black Sea this time?
Military expert Lieutenant General Yury Netkachev is convinced that appearance of reconnaissance means of Pentagon in the areas of naval bases and objects in Sevastopol, Novorossiysk and Tartus, as well as at the main routes of ships of the Navy is a natural phenomenon. That is why there are such natural and similar actions of the Russian fighter aviation. “There is no big secret in the fact that besides reconnaissance P-8A Poseidon P8A airplane is also intended for patrolling, detection and destruction of submarines of the probable enemy. It can also participate in anti-ship operations using tactical missiles, torpedoes, sea mines and air bombs. That is why such airplanes are dangerous in the routes of our ships, as well as near our naval bases and objects. That is why our interceptors take off when US airplanes approach our territory or threaten our ships.”
The general presumes that activeness of Americans above the Black Sea may be associated with attempts of observation and reconnaissance of measures for preparation of ships of the Black Sea Fleet for fulfillment of tasks in the Mediterranean Sea, for instance, near the coasts of Syria. He adds, “It is possible to watch our ships and bases from a satellite. But if there is bad weather or if there are special tasks related to radio reconnaissance and electronic warfare, need for recording or blocking of communication channels, telephone conversations etc, then reconnaissance airplanes and drones work. American airplanes evidently tried to fulfill such tasks near objects of the Black Sea Fleet last week.”