CENTCOM: Russian jets harassed U.S. drones in Syria

SpaceWar.com reports: “Three Russian fighters jets harassed U.S. drones in Syria, forcing the American aircraft to conduct evasive measures, the U.S. Central Command said, making it the latest in a series of incidents by Russia in the Middle East that American officials have condemned as unprofessional and dangerous.

U.S. Central Command said three U.S. MQ-9 drones were conducting a mission involving Islamic State targets on Wednesday when at about 10:40 a.m. they came under harassment from three Russian jets, which dropped multiple parachute flares in front of them.

One of Russian pilots also positioned their jet in front of a drone and engaged its afterburner, reducing the ability of the operator to maneuver the U.S. aircraft, it said.

A 1-minute video of the incident was published to Twitter by U.S. Air Force Central identifying the Russian jets as SU-35s…”

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