The Pentagon has released footage of a Russian fighter jet colliding with a U.S. surveillance drone over the Black Sea on Tuesday.
While making what the Pentagon said was a routine flight in international airspace, the uncrewed MQ-9 Reaper was intercepted by two Russian Su-27 fighter jets.
In the 42-second declassified video, edited to show the drone’s final moments, a Russian fighter jet is seen directly approaching the drone, releasing a cloud of fuel as it passes overhead and disrupting the footage. A second jet then collides with the Reaper, causing the camera feed to be lost for about a minute, officials wrote. The camera eventually turns back on, showing a damaged propeller still spinning.