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Russian Sukhoi Su-30 intercepts US P-8 Poseidon, RC-135 reconnaissance plane, KC-135 Stratotanker over Black Sea

A Russian Sukhoi Su-30 was scrambled on June 26, 2020, to intercept American combat aircraft over the Black Sea. The United States of America P-8 Poseidon anti-submarine warfare (ASW), anti-surface warfare (ASUW) aircraft was flying over the neutral waters of the Black Sea when Russian Aerospace Forces radars tracked it along with an RC-135 reconnaissance plane and KC-135 Stratotanker aerial refuelling aircraft.

Southern Military District launched the Sukhoi Su-30 twin-engine, two-seat multirole fighter to intercept the US  P-8 Poseidon, RC-135 and KC-135 aircraft and ensure they do not breach the Russian airspace.

“On June 26, 2020, the duty air defense forces of the Southern Military District promptly revealed the actions of USAF reconnaissance aircraft over the neutral waters of the Black sea and escorted them by a Russian fighter. At a considerable distance from the state border of the Russian Federation, US air force aircraft were continuously accompanied by Russian radar controls,” stated the Russian Defense Ministry.

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