Russia’s Modern Jets Testing NATO Warships Anti Air Systems

Three Russian Su-30 multirole fighter jets alongside four Su-24 attack aircraft have been using NATO ships to practice penetrating anti-air systems.

Russian Sukhoi Su-30MKK
Russian Sukhoi Su-30MKK

The USS Vicksburg, a Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser, and the Turkish TCG Turgutries frigate, presently sailing on the southwestern part of the Black Sea, have been the targets of Russian jets monitoring.

Guided missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69)
Guided missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69)

Due to the Russian presence around the NATO ships, two NATO warships will join the Vicksburg; Italian frigate Aliseo and Canadian frigate Fredericton, currently passing through the Black Sea straight.

Toward Routine Russian Training Missions?

Russia has been recently conducting training missions closer to NATO warships, especially in the Black Sea. Since they have invaded Crimea and conducting proxy wars in Eastern Ukraine, Russia has been agressively conducting training missions designed to raise their readiness against a NATO intervention in the region.

Back in April 2014, a Su-24 Fencer flew multiple pass over the USS Donald Cook, a US Navy destroyer operating in the Black Sea at that time. The Russian behavior was considered provocative by the Donald Cook commander.

Russian Sukhoi Su-24
Russian Sukhoi Su-24

Ironically, Russia believe their “training” mission is also good for the NATO warships by giving them the ability to practice repelling air attacks. They also believe those manoeuvers are giving valuable experience to their pilots.

Question is: why don’t they train using their own ships?

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Jonathan Wade, CD

Jonathan Wade is the director of the ‘The Sentinel Analytical Group’ and a decorated veteran of the Canadian Forces. Specialized in tactical, strategic, intelligence and geopolitics analysis, Jonathan has a fondness for technical details. His military experience brought him valuable insight on the realities of conflicts and war. A combat veteran of Afghanistan, Jonathan brings in in-theatre experience. Jonathan writes about Russia, Canada and Arctic.