The U.S. military has expressed skepticism over Russia’s assertion that one of its advanced fighter jets operating in Syria felt threatened by a U.S. drone.
The Russian headquarters for operations in Syria claimed that the MQ-9 Reaper drone approached their Su-34 fighter jet within 100 meters, criticizing the U.S. for not disclosing the drone’s flight path. However, the U.S. military dismissed the claim as “laughable,” highlighting the vast difference in capabilities between the two aircraft.
Air Force Col. Mike Andrews, a spokesperson for U.S. air operations in the Middle East, ridiculed the idea that the MQ-9 drone could pose a threat to a Russian fighter jet, pointing out the significant speed difference between them.
He emphasized that incidents of U.S. aircraft approaching Russian aircraft and engaging in dangerous behavior are non-existent. Instead, Andrews highlighted instances where Russian jets have harassed U.S. aircraft and drones, causing damage and raising tensions between the two countries.
Despite tensions, both nations have attempted to coordinate their operations in Syria to minimize unsafe aerial incidents. The U.S. maintains a communication channel with Russia to prevent misunderstandings and enhance transparency in its operations.