Interception over Venezuela: Su-30 drove away an American spy in very Russian manner

The fighter pilot as if sent a signal to the pilot of the EP-3: “If something goes wrong, I will kill myself”.

Leading Western media outlets, including the New York Times, BBC, Reuters, reported on another fan-made power outage in the Bolivarian Republic, which occurred on July 22, 2019.


– The economic collapse of Venezuela is the largest in the last 45 years, – states the New York Times. The American newspaper notes that the people are very annoyed and no longer listen to President Maduro about the American trail. The truth, however, lies in the fact that the blackout no longer lasts for days, as it was before. In a number of states, the lights in the houses this time were filed in 10 minutes. In addition, the de-energizing area has decreased in comparison with the previous “blackout”.


Venezuelan Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez claims that the power outage was caused by an “electromagnetic attack.” And another thing: a nationwide blackout took place exactly six months later, as the United States recognized pro-American activist Juan Guaydo as the “interim president” of Venezuela. As if the accident was specially timed to this date. The oppositionist, by the way, has already called on the residents of Caracas to go out in protest against the endless blackouts.


In favor of the fact that the current shutdown is due to external interference, is the fact that a couple of days before that, the US Navy EP-3 reconnaissance aircraft headed for Venezuela’s air borders. The one whose flight preceded the March blackout, which killed 26 people in local hospitals, including 6 children. They died due to de-energized life support systems.


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The official Caracas also connected the spring fan-off of substations with electromagnetic sabotage. Of course, the indicated EP-3 board did not directly attack the power system of the Bolivarian Republic, but it seemed to be one of the participants in a multifaceted sabotage. Hardly its then and current flights before the accident are a coincidence. In America, the plane, by the way, has the abbreviation ARIES II – “on-board intelligence of an integrated electronic system”.


Little is known about the EP-3 aircraft and its capabilities in reality, although the incident in April 2001 over the South China Sea showed that the intelligence officer is extremely dangerous. Then the attempt to change its course with the J-8IIM fighter of the Chinese Air Force ended in a catastrophe and the death of the pilot. The EP-3 turbo-prop slug filled with top-secret electronics still broke the controllability of the pursuing fighter. And the “Chinese” hurt the “scout”, receiving critical damage. The slightly crumpled EP-3 aircraft decided not to return to the base and sat down at the closest PLA military airfield. On board were 24 officers of the United States Air Force, including EW specialists. Then the Americans dropped because they could not prove the guilt of the crew.


In this regard, it is logical to recall the second, already “Russian” interception of the EP-3 intelligence officer. Here is how the command of the US Navy commented on last year’s incident near the Crimea:


– On January 29, 2018, the US EP-3 Aries, flying in international airspace over the Black Sea, was intercepted by the Russian Su-27. This interaction was identified as unsafe due to the fact that the Su-27 approached five feet and crossed directly the flight path of EP-3, as a result of which EP-3 flew through the jet washes of the Su-27. The duration of the interception was 2 hours and 40 minutes.


Now the Southern Command (US) of the USA has brought some important details of the third dangerous incident with this type of intelligence officer near Venezuela. The star-striped generals began by saying that their “plane was carrying out a multinational and approved mission in international airspace over the Caribbean,” and the pilot on the Su-30 behaved extremely “unprofessional”.


What is important: the South Caucasus writes that the tension between the USA and Venezuela continues to grow. And the mission of the Su-30 pair itself undermines the ability of the United States and other countries to safely fly in international airspace. ”


Usually, in such cases, the South Caucasus indicates the purpose of the flight, for example, the fight against air traffickers or smugglers. This time there was no explanation, which indicates the military nature of the task.


In turn, the Venezuelan Air Force stated that the sending of Su-30 fighters was related to the violation of the airspace security by the EP-3 aircraft in the framework of international agreements. Caracas claims that the reconnaissance aircraft nevertheless invaded the airspace, thereby violating the protocol by the International Civil Aviation Organization.


The following detail draws attention to itself: towards the EP-3 Aries II, as follows from the message of the UK, two Su-30s flew at once, but only one fighter “aggressively pursued” the scout. The second followed a safe distance.


It seems that the “jokes” that EP-3 Aries II made with the Chinese fighter J-8IIM were taken into account by “non-professionals”. The fact is that the interceptor partner flew from the position of the convenient R-27ER rocket for attack. He seemed to send an unambiguous signal to the pilots aboard the scout: “If something goes wrong, I’ll make it.”


By the way, the threat of the destruction of NATO aircraft by the Russian Aerospace Force of the Russian Federation was discussed in Washington after the incident of April 2015 in the Baltic sky. The US command suggested that Russian pilots were allowed to attack American military aircraft that violated the air line.


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– They (Russians) are more irresponsible than we are, – said then-Pentagon press secretary Mark Wright, pointing out the potential implications for both flight safety and bilateral relations between the US and Russia.


Some overseas experts were quick to make a provocative conclusion that the United States would still not go to war with Russia if the pilots of the United States Air Force were killed in the airspace of the Russian Federation. If so, then there is no doubt that the corresponding instructions to the American crews were issued. The UK too reacted nervously to the seemingly habitual interception. If you figure this out, there were three incidents with EP-3 Aries II intelligence officer, and with other NATO planes – a carriage and a small truck.


Apparently, after 2015, the US Air Force pilots prefer not to take much risk when it comes to our pilots. Moreover, the Venezuelan Su-30 fighter behaved suspiciously in Russian. In previous interceptions, Bolivarian pilots never so dangerously approached American military aircraft.