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
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.