A Russian pilot deliberately tried to shoot down a British Royal Air Force spy plane in 2022, according to a report from the BBC.
On September 29, a Russian SU-27 fighter jet deliberately fired two missiles at an RAF surveillance plane carrying 30 crew members — both of which never hit, according to the report. The update contradicts the previous explanation in which Russia brushed off the incident as a “technical malfunction” — an official narrative that the British Ministry of Defense went along with at the time.
The British plane — a Boeing RC-135 Rivet Joint — encountered two Russian SU-27 fighter jets while flying a surveillance mission in international airspace over the Black Sea. The RAF plane was able to intercept communications from the Russians,