Video allegedly shows Norwegian F-16 almost collide with Russian Mig-31 during Su-34 intercept mission

Dec 01 2014 - 29 Comments

The Royal Norwegian Air Force has released an HUD (Head Up Display) video that would show Russian aggressive flying.

The RNoAF has released HUD (Head Up Display) footage, filmed by an F-16 of the 331 Sqn, based at Bodo, during the escort of a Russian Su-34 Fullback long-range strike planes on armed patrol off Finmark on Oct. 29.

This was the first time the Su-34s were observed and identified while flying in international airspace off Norway.

Although the video does not show it very clearly, according to Norway’s military as the F-16 was getting closer to the Su-34’s left wing, a Mig-31 that was escorting the Foxhound initiated a sudden maneuver, forcing the Norwegian interceptor to perform an evasive left turn to avoid a mid-air collision.

As said, the footage does not show the close call: all we can see is the F-16 roll to the left while approaching the Mig-31 (that appears to be flying more or less straight when it enters the HUD field of view). Nevertheless, Nowegian authorities said the video prove how dangerous and aggressive Russian pilots are during such close encounters that have become quite frequent in the Nordic region of Europe.

Photographs taken by RNoAF F-16s on QRA (Quick Reaction Alert) at Bodo airbase were released last month: they depict a Su-34 Russian aircraft carrying what looks like a single external fuel tank and two Vympel R-73 air-to-air missiles, shadowed by another F-16 carrying two drop tanks and two AIM-120 AMRAAM (Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles).

H/T Lars Westholm for the heads-up


  • anon

    This is what happens when the Russians dont fear the U.S.

    • To be fair these types of incidents happened throughout the Cold War, even when Moscow was afraid of the West. Because yes we now know that Moscow was more afraid of us than we were of them. Funny how that works… Still, this was common for 40+ years and it’s really not that “new” at all.

      • Pepe Le Cox

        I don’t agree in that, look at the history, US flew many U-2 and SR-71 along and inside the borders of the former soviet union, the URSS NEVER flew any aircraft inside the american borders, all the time the agressive behavior have been iniciated by US, placing air defense missiles complex and bases near the former URSS and Russian frontiers, so who is afraid of whom?

      • Andrew

        Who told you that BS? Check this out

        • Pepe Le Cox

          They were in Russian waters in the Black Sea, not in international or american waters, read this and stop talking BS:

          ” It was on this Mediterranean deployment that Yorktown gained worldwide publicity from operations conducted in the Black Sea as part of Freedom of Navigation program.[2] On 12 February 1988, while the Yorktown was exercising the “right of innocent passage” through Soviet territorial waters the Soviet Burevestnik-class frigateBezzavetnyy (Russian: Беззаветный) intentionally collided with Yorktown with the intention of pushing it out of Soviet territorial waters, in what some observers have called “the last incident of the Cold War”.[3] The Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs at the time,Richard L. Armitage, acknowledged that the transit was not operationally necessary, but asserted that it was still a valid innocent passage under international law.[4]”

          By the way I don’t beleive Americans are “innocent”

  • kusanagi no tsurugi

    Oh gawd such an extreme reckless manoeuver by the mig-31with its speedbrakes out….really…everything is good to trash talk Russian pilots here…

    • Roland Lawrence

      Its getting to be like a trailer for a Michael Bay film. Nothing *actually* going on but the soundtrack has gotten all dramatic. & how dare the Russians fly in international airspace. Shocking. Of course the F16 had not been sent to intercept the Mig 31 and just happened to be in the area when its airspace was violated.

    • Cody3/75

      Where do you see speedbrakes?

      • kusanagi no tsurugi

        Below the air intakes of the Mig-31…those are its speedbrakes…

    • Pepe Le Cox

      Looks like the F-16 was approaching from behind, in one regular highway or road, if you hit the front car who is the responsible? :)

      • Foxy

        If you cut the lane in front of another car, you’re resposible.
        It seems more likely the norsky, more or less inadvertently lost to the sight of the su34, crossed into the mig31’s flight lane, which the ruskie didn’t take lightly, and nudged the mighty viking gently into his own flightpath. I’ll bet the falcon jockey shitted his pants during the close encounter.
        If the NATO propaganda machine isn’t showing the full recording of the event, to get a clearer view, it remains just another bullshit “shocking news” for the dumbed masses (west good – east bad).

    • makatak62

      You didn’t accurately comprehend the article: “according to Norway’s military as the F-16 was getting closer to the
      Su-34’s left wing, a Mig-31 that was escorting the Foxhound initiated a
      sudden maneuver, forcing the Norwegian interceptor to perform an evasive
      left turn to avoid a mid-air collision.” and also “the footage does not show the close call…” The aircraft that forced the F-16 to maneuver isn’t seen on the HUD video.

  • LongBow986

    For sure that’s a MiG-31 Foxhound

    • Birdie

      MiG-31 have Foxbat as their NATO codename

      • Roland Lawrence
      • jetaddicted

        nope, that’s MIG25 foxbat and MIG31foxhound.

      • ODM

        Nope, Foxbat is the Mig-25. The -31 is indeed the Foxhound

      • Marco

        No, Foxhound. Foxbat is the MiG-25

      • f14rio

        No they don’t … Mig-25 is foxbat… Mig-31 is foxhound.

      • Charles Newman

        Nope, it’s a Messerschmidt. “No one’s ever been this close before!”

  • freeP

    World War 3.

    • Michael Rich

      “You’re plane cut me off, time to nuke you.”

      If World War 3 starts I can guarantee it’s not because of this lol.

  • Jungle Cat

    The Russian is doing level flight. The Norwegian appears to be all over the place and probably caught some wake turbulence. I don’t see how this video is any kind of “proof” of aggression.

  • jetaddicted

    as i see it, it’s the foxhound that intercepted the viper, came a little high from his six and surprised the norwegian pilot when he saw that big jet (with it’s brakes deployed) gently over speeding him.

  • Cody3/75

    Quick correction, the R-73 is produced by Vympel NPO. It’s western designation is “Archer”.

  • Charles Newman

    I’ll hit the brakes, he’ll fly right by…

  • Charles Newman

    A negative 2G? “I was inverted.”

  • Charles Newman

    Do some of that pilot shit, Mav.

  • Deres

    The real danger is to try to get very close from them … This is only for spying. If the need is to visually identify the intruders, staying at several hundred meters would be sufficient. In reality, NATO planes are very agressive as we can see. They usually close behind others planes at less than 20 meters to take pictures while staying in the six hours. Remember that the six hour zone is the “killing zone” and that the interceptors planes have an armed gun and missiles. This is the equivalent of a cop in your back with a hand on your shoulder and the other hand on its gun … A very friendly posture indeed ! Moreover, the other aircraft of the patrol stay in safety behind to cover with a possible missile shot which is also very agressive. A non agressive way of doing this would be to close by the side not the six hours.