Pentagon Admits Russian Fighter Flew Within 30 Meters Of US Spy Plane

Tyler Durden's picture

While Russia's "Top Gun" drills were underway on the borders of eastern Europe, it appears the Russian air force was practicing "unusually close flying" in another continent. As Bloomberg reports, the U.S. RC-135U Combat Sent electronic intelligence plane was "conducting a routine mission off Russia's east coast near Japan on April 23 when the Russian fighter flew within about 100 feet (30 meters) of its nose. Asked why the Pentagon didn’t disclose the incident until it was reported today by the Washington Free Beacon, spokesman Army Colonel Steve Warren said, “I don’t have a good answer for you.” China and Japan did a similar "Top Gun" move in May.


International waters... but 90% surrounded by Russia...


As Bloomberg reports,

A Russian Su-27 Flanker fighter jet intercepted a U.S. surveillance plane off Russia’s east coast near Japan in April, flying unusually close, as tensions rose over the Ukraine crisis.



The U.S. RC-135U Combat Sent electronic intelligence plane made by Boeing Co. was conducting a routine mission over the Sea of Okhotsk north of Japan on April 23 when the Russian fighter flew within about 100 feet (30 meters) of its nose, Rear Admiral John Kirby, a Pentagon spokesman, said today.



Asked why the Pentagon didn’t disclose the incident until it was reported today by the Washington Free Beacon, spokesman Army Colonel Steve Warren said, “I don’t have a good answer for you.”


Warren said he wasn’t aware of any other close encounters since “this incident” between Russian and U.S. aircraft in the region.


Russian Air Force spokesman Igor Klimov said he couldn’t comment immediately when reached by phone today.


Pentagon officials have expressed their concerns about the intercept to the Russian military, Kirby said.

This is not the first such "close flying" episode recently...

Japan and China on Sunday accused each other's air forces of dangerous behavior over the East China Sea, with Japan saying Chinese aircraft had come within a few dozen meters of its warplanes.

With wars now being fought on stock exchanges, perhaps they just wanted a polaroid...

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LetThemEatRand's picture

Evidently, they've lost that lovin' feeling.

Now everyone imagine the story on Drudge if Russia was flying an electronic surveillance aircraft off the coast of New York or California.  Interestingly, I read Drudge's article on this encounter, and embedded within it was a comment that the Russians are testing America because Obama is weak.  Yeah, that's what this is about.  Everyone knows that Russia will invade the world the minute we don't invade the world.

rubiconsolutions's picture

"So does this mean we won't be playing volleyball?"

Haus-Targaryen's picture

You think the Ruskies are aggressive now?  Just wait until we cannot pay our bills anymore.  

They've been itching for some "payback" ever since some moron muttered this "not a single inch" comment.  

Why hello Japan, my name is Vlad, have we met?  

BC6's picture

"Mother Goose, you fucking pussy."

Slave's picture

Hey Rand! How's my favorite Democrat (who blames bankers slightly more than Republicans) doing today?

LetThemEatRand's picture

Just got back from a Hillary rally. Rode my horse Johnny K in and parked him outside.  Fucking cops left a ticket on his harness, but John tells me he has diplomatic immunity so don't worry about it.

prains's picture

....thought most bankers WERE republicans but that may be my own bias, sorry for being so obtuse

LetThemEatRand's picture

Most bankers are Republicrats.  The rest are Dempublicans.  Or vice-versa. 

tonyw's picture

Bankers pay politicians from both sides with money they are given for free, of course he who pays the piper calls the tune so there's no difference betwen red and blue it's just a distraction for the voters to make them think they have some control over the outcome.

Do you think the american people are really behind a first nuclear strike?

What do you mean it can't be important otherwise it would be on Fox.

g'kar's picture

"Evidently, they've lost that lovin' feeling."


They were just doing a payback rollover and flipoff because of that darn Maverick.

COSMOS's picture

They were lucky it wasn't the Chinese, the last time the Chinese crashed their jet into the American Surveillance plane.  The Russians not as hot headed.

safe as milk's picture

... or just better pilots!

intric8's picture

That russian fighter looks fucking bad ass. Mav better not get all merlin in his tomcat or his ass is going down in flames

TheMeatTrapper's picture

Obama is weak. If he had a spine, he'd stand up for the Constitution, throw 99% of his staff in prison and dissolve 90% of the Federal government. 

JLee2027's picture

All that is going to happen regardless of Obama. 

sleigher's picture

Or all that is going to happen in a giant flash of light.

Bioscale's picture

It has nothing to do with Obama. He is just a speaker of the banksters of the world. Saying he's weak means banksters are weak. And that would be a mistake.

tonyw's picture

yep, he's well and truly bought, believes in exceptionalism and the right of america to do anything regardless of whether it's legal or morally right.

mrmister's picture

I like the Airforce Retort "we got this on video" "gonna post it on twitter and facebook" nope they ain't Maverick and Goose that's for sure. But hay I guess the Mav was Navy.

IronForge's picture

The Russians pull this off with their Bears against Japan on occassion.

Passive Intel on Air Defense Works.  Nothing much but a distraction...

bubblemania's picture

Drudge is a neocon but at least he's starting to link to ZH! 

Youri Carma's picture
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts - Belief U.S. Can Win Nuclear War Makes it Likely
tony wilson's picture

we can beets russian

we just haves to do what are presdents says and have beliefs.

we also haves are jewish friends in london and tel aviv who will help us slaughter fores freedumbs

gcjohns1971's picture

That does seem to be the central tenet of Oligarch thinking everywhere.

stant's picture

Word on the street is north com on alert

FieldingMellish's picture

Can't be. No gold smackdown.

lakecity55's picture

On alert against Who?

US Citizenisms?

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture


On alert against Who?

US Citizenisms?

Yep. We're at BlobbingUpCOM level 2. Street sweeping crews are on standby.

mrmister's picture

Considering the US has declared everyone on the planet an enemy including allies and veterans, they ought to be on alert 24/7. The entire US military leadership is on crack and the world knows it. Bad time to be American.

NoDebt's picture

Wow, our recon plane looks like.... really modern and stuff. 

I bet it flies high enough and fast enought to outrun an Amazon delivery drone.

What is that dinosaur?  A converted 707?

pitz's picture

KC-135 actually, predecessor of the 707, with relatively modern CFM56 (F108) engines. 

hobopants's picture

We should just start strapping cameras to bald eagles...cause it's Amurica and all that.

gcjohns1971's picture

That's why it was so threatening.

If it were a F22 it would be oh-so-boring.

You see a biplane near your border and you start to really worry about the sanity of the pilot.

Payne's picture

Big deal form flights are closer than that.  So is arial refueling !  Muchto do about nothing other than hot dogging.

tickhound's picture

It was a reckless intercept of a perfectly routine anal probing... More foreplay required.

grunk's picture

If they told you, they'd have to kill you.

Carpenter1's picture

Why even tell us now? This was weeks ago, but someone decided they want the public to know about it after all.

lakecity55's picture

Who owns the "Free Beacon?"

Perhaps a Tribal Member?

Who fucking cares?

NoDebt's picture

"I don't have a good answer for you"

Translation:  Do you really care?  I sure as shit don't.  Can I just slide off into retirement already?  Something about new Obama adminstration policies on press disclosures, blah, blah, blah, nothing you'd be interested in hearing.  If they got shot down we'd have called it a training accident.  Condolances to the families and all that shit.  Can I just like... leave now, please?  I'm pretty much done talking, even if you're not done asking questions.  Ok, cool, I'm out.  See ya.


Quus Ant's picture

Boeing makes the spy plane?  Geeez.... how do we know it won't up and disappear like a fart in the wind? 

It's been known to happen.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

The US is just info-trolling on behalf of Bibi, so they can determine the strengths and weaknesses of Iran's air defenses.

The DOD is just the "Shabbos Goy" for IDF.  I'm not so naive that I don't get that, i.e., that the Globalists are at the helm in DC and NY.

JuliaS's picture

During the Cold War, before the era of orbital satellites, both sides periodically sent spy planes on recon missions. Every once in a while a plane would get shot down by ground defenses. There was a silent agreemen between the nations: "You pretend you didn't catch what we pretend we did not send." Took decades to declassify data. Over 120 Americans died on such routine flights. Russian casualties are unknown.

I'm guessing the only reason we hear of the current incident is because nothing actually happened. If the planes were lost, it would've been as if they never even existed.

laomei's picture

So many shits I do not give.  It's a spy plane spying on Russia.  Russia should just shoot it down, erm.. make it "vanish" without a trace rather.  Seeing as it's trendy now to have entire planes vanish, maybe the US media would even joke about it and how it totally doesn't matter, and then put out insane "black hole" theories and criticize the families for daring to want to find out what happened.

gcjohns1971's picture

That's exactly what he was trying to do.

The jet wash from his engines normally would choke the jet engines on the plane in the rear.

Of course the Sukoi was over Japan at the time.


Can both sides play by your rules?

Think about whether your rules are good rules next time you get on a plane.

wiseindian's picture

$1 billion ought to help out.  The European Reassurance Initiative? Maybe Draghi helped pick the name and Yellen helped pick the amount. Because you know... if you own the printing press then what's a billion between friends. A billion here, a billion there. 

"Obama announced that he is asking Congress for a fund of up to $1 billion to allow for a "European Reassurance Initiative" to bolster the security of NATO allies. This would help the United States undertake increased training exercises, explore the pre-positioning of military equipment, and build the capacity of Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine to partner with the United States and NATO."

A paragraph that is buried in this somewhat related article...

Spungo's picture

Russian aircraft does not attack American aircraft. News at 11.

Atomizer's picture

Who fell asleep at the radar screen?