NATO servicemen often complain about the maneuvers of the Russian military, which they are carrying out dangerously close to the ships and aircraft of the North Atlantic Alliance.
So, in June 2021, after the meeting of the F-35 stealth aircraft of the Italian Air Force with the Russian Su-30SM, the NATO pilot needed the help of a psychologist.
According to the Italian pilot, callsign Falco, a Russian fighter jet intercepted his plane while patrolling the airspace over the Baltic. The Russian pilot began to perform dangerous maneuvers and used electronic warfare, which disabled part of the F-35 systems, says the Italian.
“I was at my limit. Fear gripped me so much that it even reached the tips of my toes. I understood that the Russian pilot was testing my capabilities and the capabilities of my aircraft, imposing close combat. At the thought of this, tears spontaneously began to stand out. I remembered my fiancée and brother, who had accompanied me on a business trip a month ago, ”recounts the pilot’s recollections in the REN TV material.
Upon his return, the airbase staff psychologist diagnosed him with a nervous breakdown. The soldier was suspended from flights and sent home.
In 2017, another Russian Su-30 fighter literally “looked” into the cargo hold of an Il-76 transport aircraft right in the air. The video of this fantastic maneuver has garnered millions of views on the web. A few days later, the pilot of the American F-15 tried to repeat the trick, but he did not manage to fly so close to the transporter. Even in the United States, the attempt was called “pathetic plagiarism.”
According to the first class military pilot Vladlen Rusanov, such a maneuver can be performed by any aircraft, regardless of brand: MiG-29, Su-27, Su-30, Su-35, Su-37, Su-47, Su-57. It’s all about the pilot, he stressed.
“This is a worthy maneuver. I am confident that all of our pilots will do the same safely and without consequences. They are prepared both theoretically and practically, ”he said.
See details on the REN TV channel in the program “Mysteries of Humanity” with Oleg Shishkin.
In early February 2021, the Russian Su-24 scared the crew of the US destroyer Donald Cook, which was in the international waters of the Black Sea. The bomber flew about 100 meters from the ship.