American Fighter Jets ‘Head-Butt’ Russian Planes Over Syria: Reports

December 14, 2017 Updated: December 14, 2017

U.S. fighter jets intercepted two Russian planes in Syria, a defense official said on Thursday, Dec. 14.

American F-22 jets fired flares after going across the front of the Russian planes, known as “head-butting,” and it’s meant to send a warning, the official told Fox News.

The F-22 Raptor (top) and P-51 Mustang flying in tandem at the York Air Show at Stewart International Airport in New Windsor on Aug. 30, 2015. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)

The incident occurred Wednesday near the Euphrates River in Syria, the official said.

The Russian fighter planes were flying east of the “de-confliction line” that’s designed to separate American and Russian jets, defense officials told CNN.

A Russian Su-35 jet was also involved in the encounter along with two Russian Su-25 close air support planes. It lasted “several minutes” in all, an official told CNN.

An F-22 Raptor shows the internal bays as it does a fly-by during the airshow at Joint Andrews Air Base in Maryland on September 16, 2017. ( Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)
An F-22 Raptor shows the internal bays as it does a fly-by during the airshow at Joint Andrews Air Base in Maryland on Sept. 16, 2017. ( Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Air Forces Central Command later confirmed the incident. The Su-25 planes “were promptly intercepted by two F-22A Raptors providing air cover for partner ground forces conducting operations to defeat ISIS,” Air Forces Central Command spokesman Lt. Col. Damien Pickart told the network.

“One Su-25 flew close enough to an F-22A that it had to aggressively maneuver to avoid a midair collision,” he told CNN and added: “during the incident, a Russian Su-35 also flew across the river and was shadowed closely by one of the F-22As.”

A Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jet is displayed in Zhuhai, China, on Nov. 10, 2014. The Chinese regime recently purchased 24 Russian Su-35 jets. (Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)
A Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jet is displayed in Zhuhai, China, on Nov. 10, 2014. (Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)

Pickart said that Russian planes have violated several agreements.

“In early November we verbally agreed through de-confliction channels that the Russians would remain west of the Euphrates River, and the coalition would operate to the east. Since agreeing to this de-confliction arrangement, the Russians have flown into our airspace on the east side of the river 6-8 times per day, or approximately 10% of the Russian and Syrian flights,” Pickart said.

 

 

And while you’re here …

We have a small favor to ask of you. If you can, please share this article on Facebook so you can help The Epoch Times. It takes less than a minute. Thank you very much!