“A Chinese J-16 flew directly in front of the nose of a US RC-135 Rivet Joint scout, forcing the US plane through wake turbulence” – . The incident took place on May 26 over . The US Army has also released a short video showing a Chinese fighter jet flying right in front of the US plane, and the moment the RC-135 Rivet Joint plane went into turbulence.
US plane hit turbulence by Chinese fighter
The Army emphasizes that the US RC-135 aircraft was conducting safe and routine operations in international airspace. “The United States will continue to fly, sail and operate – safely and responsibly – wherever international law permits, and the US Indo-Pacific Joint Force will fly in international airspace with due consideration for the safety of all ships and aircraft in accordance with international law ” – we read in the statement.
The unprofessional interception of an American plane took place against the backdrop of tense relations between the US and the United States. The Pentagon said on Monday that authorities in Beijing had rejected a proposal to meet US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin with his Chinese counterpart Li Shangfu during the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on June 2-4. “Since 2021, China has rejected or failed to respond to more than a dozen requests from the Department of Defense to engage key leaders, multiple requests for ongoing dialogue, and about ten working-level commitments,” a U.S. official told The Associated Press.
South China Sea. This is not the first time China has made a dangerous interception
A similar incident in the South China Sea occurred in late December last year. A Chinese Navy J-11 fighter intercepted an American RC-135 Rivet Joint aircraft, approaching it to a distance of about 6 meters. The behavior of the Chinese fighter forced the American pilots to perform evasive maneuvers.
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