Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Russia's 'High-Velocity Confrontations' Against U.S. Pilots Is Making The Pentagon Nervous

The Su-35, the latest-generation Russian fighter. Image: JSC Sukhoi

Air Force Times: Russia's 'high-velocity confrontations' present risks for U.S. pilots

When U.S. reconnaissance planes, operating in international airspace, venture near Russia’s borders, it scrambles its warplanes to intercept the aircraft. But too often, that has led to Russian pilots executing aggressive maneuvers that are both reckless and dangerous, according to U.S. officials.

Six months into 2016, Russian Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker fighters have buzzed, barrel rolled or skirted by U.S. aircraft at least three times. And the provocative maneuvers are not limited to U.S. aircraft.

Twice in April, Russian Su-24 Fencer attack aircraft flew extremely low and close by the destroyer Donald Cook in the international waters of the Baltic Sea, actions which the U.S. Navy concluded were provocative, but nonthreatening. In recent years, since Russia’s 2014 incursion into Ukraine dramatically escalated tensions across Europe, Russian warplanes have also aggressively intercepted the aircraft of U.S. allies in Europe, and even civilian passenger planes.

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WNU Editor:
The whole purpose of these 'high-velocity confrontations' is to intimidate the other side .... which by the looks of it is succeeding.


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Anonymous said...

It sounds like a whole bunch of crybabies you hear that Obama go up there and play with the big boy

B.Poster said...

At present, it is only a matter of time before a Russian plane shoots down an American one. It's unethical to put the lives of American pilots at risk when they lack the proper equipment and training to have any reasonable hope of prevailing to fight for something that does not advance American interests.

If the US forces are deployed properly, say 5,000 miles away from Russia and its forces, these types of confrontations would be very unlikely to occur and, if they did, US forces would be correctly deployed to have a fighting chance to defend America.

As I've said before, the only real hope in a fight with Russia is to make their inevitable victory pyric enough that they don't consider the attack in the first place. A proper deployment of military forces coupled with refraining from actions that might inflame Russia may be enough.

Furthermore NATO allies especially those in Eastern Europe and former Soviet Republics are not good allies and are not worth further endangering the survival of our country for. They never were and the sooner we extricate ourselves from such snakes by ANY and ALL means necessary the better.