In a concerning incident, a Russian Su-27 fighter jet collided with a U.S. military MQ-9 “Reaper” surveillance drone over the Black Sea, causing it to crash. The incident, which occurred on Tuesday, has been deemed “unsafe” by the U.S. military.
According to reports from AFP, the Russian fighter jet intercepted and struck the propeller of the U.S. drone. The MQ-9 “Reaper” drone is known for its long endurance and is often used for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions.
In response to the incident, the US military has briefed its allies and partners, and the US envoy in Russia has reportedly conveyed a strong message to the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as reported by Reuters.
This latest incident further exacerbates tensions between Russia and the United States, particularly in the Black Sea region, where both countries have a military presence. The US has previously accused Russia of engaging in unsafe and unprofessional behavior in the region, with incidents such as this only adding to the concerns.
The US military has not yet commented on the extent of the damage caused by the collision or the cause of the incident. However, it is likely that this incident will result in increased scrutiny of the actions of both the Russian and US military in the Black Sea region.