A Russian fighter plane (R) can be seen intercepting a group of US
bomber planes engaged in practice operations over the Baltic Sea on June
10, 2017. —Photo via US Department of Defense.
Earnest June 12, 2017
Newscast Media MOSCOW—A Russian fighter jet has photobombed a group of US warplanes engaged in practice operations over the Baltic Sea.
According to a post on the US Department of Defense’s official twitter
account, a Russian Su-27 fighter intercepted a Boeing KC-135
Stratotanker military refueling aircraft during training exercise with
two B-1 bombers and one B-52.
A picture of the encounter was posted by the Department of
Defense, which also noted that Russian maneuvers had been conducted
correctly and were “deemed safe.”
The pictures were taken by a photographer onboard one of the US bomber planes.
The intercept was not the only of such maneuvers carried out by
Russian aircraft. On June 6, Russian planes intercepted a B-52 bomber
over the Baltic Sea, and escorted it away from Russian airspace.
The interceptions come amid Russia's increasing concerns over
NATO's continued string of so-called training drills near the Russian