Moment when a Russian fighter crashes into a US drone in international airspace over the Black Sea

Watch as a Russian fighter jet crashes into the US Reaper drone, clipping the propeller and dousing it with fuel as it flew in international airspace over the Black Sea in incredible footage released by the US military

  • New footage shows the moment a Russian fighter crashed with a US drone
  • The US shot down the Reaper drone over international waters in the Black Sea

This is when a Russian Su-27 jet collided in mid-air with an American MQ-9 over the Black Sea.

Drone camera footage released by the US Air Force captures the moment a Russian fighter clipped off its propeller and spilled fuel over it in international airspace on March 14, 2023.

US forces had to shoot down the drone in international waters after the collision.

This follows Russian claims that the plane failed to make contact with the $32 million drone, instead blaming “sharp maneuvering” for the crash.

The drone appears to move under the Russian fighter before the camera takes damage

Released footage shows the moment a Russian fighter jet dumped fuel on a US drone

Released footage shows the moment a Russian fighter jet dumped fuel on a US drone

In the first direct confrontation between Russia and the US since the start of the war in Ukraine, a Russian Su-27 fighter jet struck an unmanned MQ-9 aircraft on Tuesday, forcing operators to ditch the drone in the Black Sea.

“It probably sank to a considerable depth, so any salvage operation from a technical point of view would be very difficult,” the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, told reporters.

“We know the interception was intentional. We know the aggressive behavior was intentional,” Milley said, though it was unclear whether the collision itself was intentional.

Yet the incident over international waters has raised fears that such a mistake or misunderstanding could lead to an escalation of hostilities.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said he had spoken with his Russian counterpart on Wednesday for the first time since October.

“I just got off the phone with my Russian counterpart, Secretary Shoigu,” Austin said at a Pentagon news conference.

“As I have said repeatedly, it is important that major powers be models of transparency and communication, and the United States will continue to fly and operate where international law allows.”

Russia said it made it clear in the call that it sees things differently and that US air operations in the region are a threat.

“Flights by US strategic lethal drones along the coast of Crimea were noted as being provocative in nature and creating conditions for an escalation of the situation in the Black Sea region,” the statement from the Defense Ministry said following Shoigu’s telephone conversation with Austin. .

Earlier, the Kremlin said it would try to retrieve the remains of the drone.

The drone's camera stabilizes after the SU-27 passed overhead and clipped its propeller

The drone’s camera stabilizes after the SU-27 passed overhead and clipped its propeller

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According to US officials, the MQ-9 Reaper drone was intercepted by two Russian Su-27 jets that dumped fuel on the drone before clipping the propeller and forcing it to crash

“I don’t know if we can get it back or not, but it has to be done. And we will definitely work on it. Of course, I hope for success,” Kremlin Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev told TV channel Rossiya-1,” Reuters reported.

However, Milley downplayed the prospect of losing sensitive technology. He said it sank in four or five thousand feet of water.

“We have no ships there. But we have many allies and friends in the area who will assist in recovery operations,” he said.

“That’s American property, and we’ll leave it at that for now.

“But it probably broke up. There’s probably not much to fix, frankly,

“As for the loss of something sensitive…intelligence etc…as usual we would take – and we’ve taken mitigation measures – so we’re pretty sure anything that was of value is no longer of value.”

The Sukhoi Su-27 is a twin-engine Soviet fighter that has been in service since 1977.

It is used by the Russian Air Force, the Air Force of the People’s Liberation Army of China and others.