Russian fighter jet 'released a missile' near unarmed British surveillance plane, U.K. defense secretary says

Posted on AllSides October 20th, 2022
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Sergey Pivovarov / Sputnik via AP file

A Russian fighter jet “released a missile” in the vicinity of an unarmed British surveillance plane, the U.K.’s defense minister said Thursday. 

Ben Wallace told lawmakers in the Houses of Parliament that the incident occurred in “international airspace over the Black Sea” on Sept. 29.

An “unarmed RAF RC-135 Rivet Joint” plane was “interacted with by two Russian armed SU-27 fighter aircraft,” one of which “released a missile in the vicinity of the RAF Rivet Joint beyond visual range.”

The British plane completed its patrol and returned to base, he said. 


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