A Chinese destroyer aimed a laser at a US Navy reconnaissance aircraft
BEIJING, (BM) – A Chinese destroyer aimed a laser at a US Navy R-8A Poseidon reconnaissance aircraft in the Pacific, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, according US Navy statement cited by TASS.
The incident occurred on February 17. A reconnaissance plane patrolled the space over the international waters of the Pacific Ocean 611.5 km west of the island of Guam. The laser was not visible to the naked eye, but it was noticed by a sensor on board the aircraft.
The Navy claims that the aircraft patrolled in accordance with international standards. It is also noted that the laser, presumably, can cause serious damage to “flight crews and sailors, as well as ship and aircraft systems.”
According to the document, the United States considers the actions of the Chinese destroyer unsafe and unprofessional, as well as violating bilateral and international agreements.
On February 9, U.S. Navy reconnaissance aircraft flew over Russian bases in Syria. In particular, aircraft circled around the Khmeimim airbase and the logistics base of the fleet in Tartus, where Russian troops are located.
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Editorial team / Izvestia