Striking Photos Released of Russian Jet Buzzing Within Feet of US Recon Plane

June 23, 2017 3:51 pm Last Updated: June 23, 2017 5:38 pm

The U.S. military released some striking photos of a Russian fighter jet buzzing within several feet of an American reconnaissance aircraft over the Baltic sea.

A U.S. RC-135U flying in international airspace over the Baltic Sea being intercepted intercepted by a Russian SU-27 Flanker June 19, 2017. (Courtesy photo/Released)
A U.S. RC-135U flying in international airspace over the Baltic Sea being intercepted intercepted by a Russian SU-27 Flanker June 19, 2017. (Courtesy photo/Released)

The June 19 incident was deemed unsafe by United States European Command because the Russian jet approached at a dangerous speed and proceeded to conducts sporadic maneuvers with just a few feet of the American aircraft.

(Courtesy photo/Released)
A Russian SU-27 fighter jet within several feet of a U.S. RC-135 recon aircraft on June 19, 2017. (Courtesy photo/Released)

Russia has recently moved missiles to its Baltic sea outpost Kaliningrad. It is unclear how close to Kaliningrad the incident occurred.

A U.S. RC-135U flying in international airspace over the Baltic Sea being intercepted intercepted by a Russian SU-27 Flanker June 19, 2017. (Courtesy photo/Released)
A Russian SU-27 fighter jet within several feet of a U.S. RC-135 recon aircraft on June 19, 2017. (Courtesy photo/Released)

The United States and Russia have been involved in dozens of aerial incidents over the Baltic sea, but the June 19 encounter is a standout, U.S. officials said, because the Russian jet conducted unsafe maneuvers.

A U.S. RC-135U flying in international airspace over the Baltic Sea being intercepted intercepted by a Russian SU-27 Flanker June 19, 2017. (Courtesy photo/Released)
A Russian SU-27 fighter jet within several feet of a U.S. RC-135 recon aircraft on June 19, 2017. (Courtesy photo/Released)

The Russian jet’s maneuvers were “provocative” and “erratic” military officials told Fox News.

A U.S. RC-135U flying in international airspace over the Baltic Sea being intercepted intercepted by a Russian SU-27 Flanker June 19, 2017. (Courtesy photo/Released)
A Russian SU-27 fighter jet within several feet of a U.S. RC-135 recon aircraft on June 19, 2017. (Courtesy photo/Released)

In one of the photos, the Russian jet is just within 5 feet of the American aircraft, so close that the Russian pilot can be seen in the cockpit.

A U.S. RC-135U flying in international airspace over the Baltic Sea being intercepted intercepted by a Russian SU-27 Flanker June 19, 2017. (Courtesy photo/Released)
A Russian SU-27 fighter jet within several feet of a U.S. RC-135 recon aircraft on June 19, 2017. (Courtesy photo/Released)

According to Fox News, Sweden summoned the Russian ambassador, because a Russian jet intercepted a Swedish recon aircraft two days after the incident captured in these photos.

A U.S. RC-135U flying in international airspace over the Baltic Sea was intercepted by a Russian SU-27 Flanker June 19, 2017. Due to the high rate of closure speed and poor control of the aircraft during the intercept, this interaction was determined to be unsafe. (Courtesy photo/Released)
A Russian SU-27 fighter jet within several feet of a U.S. RC-135 recon aircraft on June 19, 2017. (Courtesy photo/Released)