Jun 5, 2014
Russian SU-27 Flew Within 100 Feet of USAF RC-135 in North of Japan
The April 23 incident involved a Russian SU-27 Flanker over the Sea of Okhotsk along Russia’s east.
The RC-135U is an aircraft retrofitted as a long-range intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft.
The Russian fighter “crossed the nose” within 100 feet of the US aircraft and “turned a little bit to expose its belly” to the American pilots and show that it was armed with air-to-air missiles, officials said.
The pilots had no radio communication.
The incident prompted senior US military leaders to contact Russia and express concern.
It was at least the second provocative move by the Russian military in April.
On April 12, a Russian fighter jet made repeated, “provocative,” close-range, low-altitude passes above the US Navy destroyer Donald Cook while it was steaming in the Black Sea. In that incident, the Russian SU-24 Fencer did not appear to be carrying weapons.