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Russian fighter jets collided with an American drone over the Black Sea – Dagsavisen

The unmanned aircraft was a so-called Reaper drone. US President Joe Biden has been briefed on the incident, says spokesman John Kirby in the US National Security Council.

The Russian planes intercepted the drone, and Kirby says this happened in an unsafe and unprofessional manner that led to the American drone going into the sea.

– So in that sense this was a unique event, says Kirby.

International waters

The incident over the Black Sea is described in a press release from the US European Command, which leads US military forces in Europe.

– Two Russian Su-27 fighter jets carried out an unsafe and unprofessional interception of an unmanned surveillance aircraft of the MQ-9 type operating in international waters over the Black Sea, the press release states.

– Several times before the collision, the two SU-27 aircraft dumped fuel and flew in front of the MQ-9 aircraft in an irresponsible and unprofessional manner. This incident shows a lack of competence in addition to being dangerous and unprofessional, writes US General James B. Hecker.

Dangerous for the pilots?

One of the Russian fighter planes is said to have come across the propeller of the large American drone.

– The incident actually almost caused both Russian planes to crash. American and allied forces will continue to operate in international airspace, and we encourage the Russians to behave professionally and safely, writes Hecker further in the press release.

Russia has so far not commented on the matter.

The MQ-9 Reaper is a large, unmanned American aerial vehicle capable of remotely piloted or autonomous flight operations.

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