Russia has come close to sparking war six times, from jet booms to ship near-misses.
Russia has recklessly attacked US nuclear bombers and warships and risked war with the West.
of take down Or the American Reaper Drone Russian more and more dangerous behavior pattern Experts fear it could spark a wider conflict.
Drone was lowered while in flight Black Sea Crimea under Russian occupation Ukraine At the front on Tuesday, in a move reportedly approved by top-level Kremlin officials.
An Su-27 jet swooped over the drone several times, and in one flight the drone’s propeller was struck, forcing it to fall into the high seas.
It is the first time a US aircraft has been shot down by Russia since the height of the Cold War.
Defense expert Robert Clarke told Sun Online that the drone incident could mark a tipping point where the West could go head-to-head with Russia.
“Russia is certainly increasing the risk of escalating this war in order to more directly engage NATO forces,” said Clarke, head of defense and security at Civitas Think Tank.
The Russians reportedly said they have won the race now Recover a drone from 3,000 feet deep in the Black Sea.
US researchers RAND Corporation have compiled a report detailing hundreds of such incidents in recent years.
It is designed to send messages to U.S. and other NATO aircraft and ships through “dangerous and unprofessional” actions as Russian aircraft are increasingly armed.
“In our research, which ended several years ago, there were no examples of Su-27s dumping fuel on assets, so this is a new example,” said Dara Massicot, a senior researcher at RAND.
“But it fits a larger pattern where the signal escalates before it gets too close to the platform.”
Here are five incidents in which the Russians may have sparked war with their recklessness.
boom nuclear bomb
In footage released by the Department of Defense, a pair of fighter jets (also Su-27s) performed a maneuver known as a “headbutt.” B-52 nuclear bomber.
The B-52 was conducting “normal operations” in the Black Sea when two Russian Su-27s repeatedly crossed international airspace within 100 feet of its nose, the U.S. Air Force said.
An image taken from inside the cockpit of a bomber shows the 2020 standoff, with one of the fighter planes passing frighteningly close above it.
Russian pilots achieved this by switching to afterburner mode. Afterburner mode injects fuel directly into the exhaust stream of the turbine engine, giving the aircraft a significant burst of velocity.
vessel near miss
Two Russian warships were filmed approaching within two yards. US Navy high seas ship.
In one video a Russian ship sailed Dangerously close to USS Farragut before the American ships sounded five short explosions to warn.
Footage shows the Russian ship getting closer and closer as it cuts behind the American ship in the 2020 incident.
A year ago, a US Navy destroyer briefly collided with an American guided-missile cruiser in the Philippine Sea.
Aerial photographs show warships approaching the sea. USS Chancellorsville I entered the path, narrowly avoiding a collision.
Footage taken from the ship itself shows a huge Russian vessel sailing alongside it.
Low level fly past overship
When tensions between the Kremlin and the West began to rise Putin’s Crimea annexation Seizure of other parts of Ukraine, Russian activity has become noticeably more aggressive.
An encounter between the USS Donald Cook and two Su-24 jets set the pattern for what followed.
Admiral James Fogo later recounted the incident in the Baltic.
He said one of the Russian fighter’s wingtips came within 30 feet of the ship at the closest pass.
He added, “If a man sneezes, he could have buried his wings in Donald Cook.”
A nuclear weapon prepared by the sub-commander
Russia’s recklessness dates back to the days of the Cold War, when it met eye-to-eye in a nuclear confrontation with the United States.
One of the most horrifying acts by a Russian commander was the 1962 cuban crisisbrought the world just seconds away from Armageddon.
On 27 October, the American destroyer Beale was patrolling the American blockade around Cuba.
The ship spotted a Soviet B-59 nuclear submarine lurking beneath the blockade and dropped a series of unarmed depth charges as warning shots on the Soviet submarine.
However, the submarine’s captain, unaware that the attack was non-lethal, ordered the ship’s nuclear-tipped torpedoes to prepare for launch.
It is a definite mistake that World War III started.
Fortunately, submarine launch protocols did not require approval by all commanders on board the submarine.
The B-59’s second in command, Vasili Arkhipov, refused to agree to the attack and eventually convinced his captain.
shoot down a drone
Earlier this week, US military officials in Germany watched a live feed from the drone as it flew repeatedly around the US Reaper drone, dumping fuel and damaging its cameras and sensors. I felt terrified.
The Kremlin’s strategy was clearly visible as the fighter jet swooped down before hitting the drone’s propeller, forcing the US to crash.
Since the U.S. flew drones into the Black Sea, ukrainian war started.
But there are caveats that the flight could become a flashpoint with Russia.
Clark, a former British Army Afghan war veteran, said Russia was increasingly pushing the envelope, although it had communication channels to avoid war.
“These systems will become furious and strained to the point that Russia will continue to provoke both Britain and the United States with dangerous, unnecessary and belligerent military actions.
“This could represent a new tipping point in the conflict, with the Russian Air Force directly targeting drones in the United States and NATO countries. Drones are a gray area for retaliation.
“Russia’s intentional targeting of these platforms in international airspace violates international law and jeopardizes escalation with the United States and NATO more broadly.
“This clearly forms part of a long-term strategy of harassing NATO military units to appear strong when in fact they come from a weaker position militarily.”
stalking spy plan
Footage captured from a US Navy EP-3 Aries reconnaissance plane shows a Russian Su-27 suddenly coming into view from just a few feet away from the wing.
A Russian fighter jet passed the EP-3 at high speed and pursued it for a second time, which the Navy denounced as a “dangerous interaction”.
Su-27 missiles can be seen menacingly on the wing during a high-altitude standoff in 2018.
This time, we also did a “headbutt” using afterburner to buffet the plane.
A Defense Department spokesperson said at the time that this “endangered our crew” and that “there is no justification for this action.”