Interesting footage filmed by a Su-30 fighter scrambled to intercept U.S. traffic off Crimea yesterday.
The Russian Ministry of Defense has released a video filmed on June 26, 2020, showing the intercept of a U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon ISR (Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance) and MPA (Maritime Patrol Aircraft) aircraft from NAS Sigonella, and of U.S. Air Force RC-135W reconnaissance aircraft from RAF Mildenhall, UK, both flying over the neutral waters off Crimea.
The footage was filmed by a single Su-30 belonging to the Black Sea Fleet naval aviation that was scrambled to visually identify and escort the American aircraft. Interestingly, the RC-135W was supported by a KC-135 tanker from the 100th Air Refueling Wing, and the Flanker pilot filmed, from safe distance, also the aerial refueling operations involving the Rivet Joint and the Stratotanker over the Black Sea.
Both the U.S. Navy Poseidon and the RC-135W could be tracked online during their ISR mission:
— nde (@5472_nde) June 26, 2020
— Manu Gómez (@GDarkconrad) June 26, 2020
The RC-135W, registration 62-1425, was also photographed from the ground overflying the Netherlands on its way back to RAF Mildenhall:
— Soesterberg Air Base Spotter (@EHSBspotter) June 26, 2020
H/T Lasse Holmstrom for the heads-up