Russian MOD Releases Video Of Su-27s Shadowing RAF RC-135 And Typhoons Over Black Sea | Aviation

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A screenshot from the Russian MOD video edited to show the positions of the various assets.

The Russian Ministry Of Defense has released footage of a close encounter between Su-27 Flankers and RAF Rivet Joint with Typhoon escort.

On Oct. 19, 2023, an RAF RC-135 Rivet Joint intelligence gathering aircraft, escorted by two Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 jets, flew a mission over the Black Sea. The British trio were not alone though, as they were intercepted and shadowed by two Russian Su-27 Flankers off Crimea.

A short clip of the close encounter was released by the Russian MOD. The footage shows the moment the lead Su-27 breaks aways from and the second Flankers turns to follow the leader.

“Russian airspace control systems over the Black Sea detected three air targets approaching the State border of the Russian Federation,” says the Russian MOD. “To identify air targets and prevent violation of the State Border of the Russian Federation, a pair of Su-27 fighters from the air defense forces on duty were scrambled into the air. Russian fighter crews identified the air targets as an RC-135 electronic reconnaissance and electronic warfare aircraft and two RAF Typhoon multi-role fighters.”

“As Russian fighters approached, foreign military aircraft made a turn from the State border of the Russian Federation. Russian planes returned safely to their home airfield. There was no violation of the State Border of the Russian Federation. The flight of Russian fighters was carried out in strict accordance with international rules for the use of airspace over neutral waters without crossing air routes or dangerously approaching aircraft of a…

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