Video from U.S. destroyer in the Black Sea as Russian Su-24 Fencer flies by

Here’s the video of  a Russian Su-24 flying close to USS Ross in international waters in the Black Sea.

Few days ago, Russian media reported that Russian Navy Su-24 Fencer jets scrambled from an airbase in Crimea “forced” a U.S. Navy destroyer in the Black Sea to leave for neutral waters while approaching Russia’s territorial waters.

Russian outlets claimed that USS Ross turned around because it was scared by the sight of the Su-24, a type of aircraft involved in a similar incident with USS Donald Cook, an American destroyer allegedly “blinded” by a Fencer in the Black Sea in April 2014.

Although, Russian flybys performed by Su-30s and Su-24s aircraft from Russia’s Black Sea Fleet launched from Crimea, have been reported by NATO warships operating in the Black Sea previously, the whole story of USS Ross deviating from its planned operations because of a Fencer immediately appeared to be unlikely and quite hard to believe.

Then came the official statement by U.S. Navy.

According to the U.S. 6th Fleet: “USS Ross continued on her mission after observing the aircraft return to base. At no time did Ross act aggressively nor did she deviate from her planned operations. The conduct of her crew has been and continues to be professional. Ross’ Sailors observed that the SU 24 carried no weapons – wings were “clean.”

And here’s the video that proves this version.


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  1. In addition, the striking range of our B-2 fleet overlaps the ENTIRE GLOBE. Coastal missile systems “Bastion” and “Bal” become “Burning” and “Burnt”

    • Planes stealth invisible to radar only centimeter and decimeter range, and then only at a certain distance. Radars VHF range can see the stealth aircraft, the problem is that the accuracy of the meter Range of radar is not enough to bring the missile (the error several tens of meters), but enough to give target designation for the fighters.

      Also radar missile attack warning can see in the air with a target the size of a metal golf ball at a distance of 6,000 kilometers.

      Russia was hit by 50 aircraft of NATO invading Russian space from 1945 to 1990.


      “More than 40 US aircraft were downed by Soviet forces and about 200 US servicemen were killed. Their families were given misinformation by the US military about how they died.”

      There were also conflicts with the Chinese border:

      And the war has not begun. Also, in the case of a destroyer in the Black Sea, if the ship entered the waters of territorial Russia it would have destroyed and nothing would have happened.

  2. “easily on-par with the abilities of an EA-18”

    You pretty much made that up didn’t you? We all know how much the Russians spend on R&D and how strong their electronics industry is. I wonder where they get all these fancy EW systems because it certainly isn’t Russia.

    The AA-12 is probably “easily on-par” with the AIM-120 as well.

    In a real war scenario that Su-24 would have eaten an AIM-120 long before it could get anywhere near that destroyer, an Su-34 would have met the same fate.

  3. last time I checked, Cuba was in the Caribbean…

    “HAVANA — Three Russian navy vessels arrived Friday at the Havana harbor in the first such visit since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.
    The destroyer Admiral Chabanenko entered the harbor before 10 a.m. with the entire crew lined up on the deck. It fired its guns in salute upon entering Havana Bay, with Cuba answering in kind with its own welcoming shots from La Cabaña Fort.

    The port call was greeted with martial music played by the Cuban navy band, while a throng of curious onlookers crowded alongside the canal that forms the entrance to the harbor.

    Later, two Russian support vessels made their entrance…”

  4. find the English version of this video and you will understand what they are afraid.

    after American sailors saw on the radar of the Russian Sukhoi Su-24 , have stated combat anxiety.
    When radar “Donald Cook” spotted Sukhoi Su-24, alarm has been declared. But when approached Sukhoi Su-24, all locating equipment to “Donald Cook” was incapacitated or worked with interference.
    and ” Donald Cook ” could not even aim at the aircraft , the equipment did not work .
    Sukhoi Su-24 is indicative went on the attack, and each time could not respond to it in any way, thereby showing that 12 times destroyed the target.
    and only after the Sukhoi Su-24 flew away, the equipment on the ship earned.
    it was just a demonstration of the latest weapons.

    when after the incident of 27 military ” Donald Cook ” resigned , they simply understand that their lives are worth nothing , and not even be able to protect , ” Donald Cook ” ) ) ) ) )
    PS: Thank you Google translate)))))

    From Russia With Love!

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