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Russian jet intercepts U.S. Air Force jet: Close-call within 100 feet of nose

Russian jet intercepts U.S. Air Force Jet in close-call.
Russian jet intercepts U.S. Air Force Jet in close-call.
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A Russian jet intercepted a U.S. Air Force jet and came dangerously close while doing so, just 100 feet within the nose. The Air Force jet was flying in international airspace, 60 miles off the Russian Far East coast when this Russian SU-27 Flanker intercepted over the Sea of Okhotsk, just north of Japan, according to NBC News on June 4.

The Russian jet pulled a maneuver that exposed its belly to the U.S. Air Force jet and it is believed this was done to show the Air Force flight crew that they were armed. The U.S was conducting a mission of routine surveillance when the Russian jet crossed the nose of the Air Force jet.

There was no communication between the two aircraft, said Pentagon spokesperson Col. Steven Warren. He said that "senior department levels have communicated our concerns directly to the Russian military."

CNN News reports this incident sounds like a scene coming "straight out of a movie." When the Russian jet exposed it's belly, you could see it was armed with missiles, reports a military official.

The incident, which took place back in April, was not made public at the time it happened because the U.S. opted to deal with the Russians privately. A few weeks before this incident, a Russian fighter jet made a couple of low-altitude passes over the USS Donald Cook in the Black Sea.

This interception came just two days after two Russian military aircraft anti-submarine patrols were intercepted by Japanese war planes near Hokkaido, a Japanese island. It sounds as if tensions are growing when it comes to the latest incident involving the U.S. Air Force.

Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu and U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel discussed both the incidents over a phone call on April 28, according to a Russian Defense Ministry statement. Shoygu has offered to instruct the "commanders in chief of both countries to discuss possible additional measures to address the interests of both countries to prevent future misperceptions of actions."

Senior leaders from the U.S. have communicated concerns about the incident directly to the Russian military, reports a Defense Depart official. A U.S. official reported that this has not happened again since that incident.

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