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WATCH: Pentagon Releases Footage of Russian Jet Striking US Drone

The U.S. military released footage on Thursday of the intercept by a Russian warplane of an Air Force drone over the Black Sea.

The video, taken by the MQ-9 Reaper drone’s camera, shows the plane spraying it with fuel and clipping its propeller, forcing the U.S. to bring the $32 million drone down.

U.S. military releases video showing a Russian Su-27 fighter jet colliding with an American MQ-9 Reaper drone above the Black Sea earlier this week.


According to a previous statement, the “two Russian Su-27 aircraft conducted an unsafe and unprofessional intercept with a U.S. Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance unmanned MQ-9 aircraft that was operating within international airspace over the Black Sea” which caused “complete loss of the MQ-9,” EUCOM said.

Prior to the collision, the jet poured fuel on the MQ-9 and flew in front of it “in a reckless, environmentally unsound and unprofessional manner,” the military added. “This incident demonstrates a lack of competence in addition to being unsafe and unprofessional.”

The video, edited for time, stands in contrast to the Russian defense ministry’s statement claiming “Russian fighters did not use airborne weapons and did not come into contact with the American drone. Due to sharp maneuvering, the American drone went into uncontrolled flight with a loss of altitude and collided with the water surface.”

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said during a Pentagon press briefing that he spoke with his Russian counterpart, Minister Sergei Shoigu, on Wednesday about the incident.

“It’s important that great powers be models of transparency and communication, and the United States will continue to fly and to operate wherever international law allows,” he said.

Shoigu, meanwhile, reportedly made clear that Russia sees the operation of American drones near the Crimea coastline as “provocative in nature” and which creates “pre-conditions for an escalation of the situation in the Black Sea zone.”

  • buck says:

    Pentagon said it hit the prop. The lie detector determined that was a lie.
    Our top line surveillance craft was just on a site seeing flight. The lie detector determined that was a lie.
    The mean old Russians said it was snooping on another sovereign country, and had no business being there. The lie detector determined that was the truth.

  • Michael says:

    I don’t like what the Russians are doing, but to say it’s “unprofessional” is kind of silly. This Russian pilot, if the Pentagon is telling the truth, just took down a drone by clipping the propeller and not firing a shot. That seems like a pretty amazing feat to me.

    But more to the point, why are we trying so hard to get in a shooting war with Russia? No, I don’t like Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, but Ukraine is not a ally. Why must we come to their rescue? I realize the great lesson of WWII is to stop tyrants early before it gets too big, but hat’s what NATO is for. Invade one of its members, and you deal with the whole bunch. Ukraine isn’t in NATO. Let’s defend our borders before we worry about Ukraine’s borders.

  • D says:

    One good question is why do we have a 32 million dollar drone in the black sea?? More money wasted for Ukraine.

  • Bidens should be in Jail says:

    The Americans blow up Russia’s natural gas pipeline, and it’s no big deal.. The Russians shoot down one of our drones that shouldn’t have been there in the first place, and Lindsey Graham and the crazy Dems push for full-scale nuclear war with Russia. We’ve got to get these crazy assholes out of office before we’re all destroyed.



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