The USNI website reports a near miss flight incident between an Air Force RC-135 and a Russian Su-27 (1).
"The American aircraft was flying in international airspace when it encountered a Russian Su-27 fighter over the
. The Air Force plane took evasive maneuvers to avoid hitting the Russian jet, which reportedly came within 100 feet of the Sea of Okhotsk aircraft. U.S.
Pentagon officials have characterized the incident as a blatant attempt to disrupt or interfere with
operations in the area ..." U.S.
No mention is made of any supporting combat platform providing assistance to the Air Force plane.
You'll recall that we recently discussed the hazards associated with surveillance flights and passages for unarmed ships and planes and the need to provide immediate armed support to avoid another EP-3 or
incident (see, “Independent Operations”). The post was directed at operations near Pueblo but China , clearly, must now be included in the discussion. Russia
We seem determined not learn any lessons about protecting and supporting our high value assets.