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Russian Fighter Jet Collides with US Reaper Drone Over Black Sea

Two Russian Su-27 Flanker jets intercepted and purposefully collided with a U.S. MQ-9 Reaper drone in international airspace over the Black Sea.

Photo: Air National Guard

According to EUCOM

  • At approximately 7:03 AM (CET), one of the Russian Su-27 aircraft struck the propeller of the MQ-9, located on the rear of the aircraft

  • The collision caused U.S. forces to have to bring the MQ-9 down in international waters.

  • Several times before the collision, the Su-27s dumped fuel on and flew in front of the MQ-9.

Russian and U.S. aircraft have operated over the Black Sea during the course of the war, but this is the first known such interaction, and represents a dangerous escalation in tactics by Russia.

It is unknown if the U.S. will try to recover the drone, given that the Bosphorus Strait has been closed due to the Russo-Ukrainian War.

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