US releases video of Aries encounter with Venezuelan SU-30 fighter jet

A Venezuelan SU-30 Flanker fighter jet came dangerously close to a US Navy EP-3 Aries II aircraft in international airspace on July 19, the navy said.

Image of a Venezuela SU-30 Flanker as it shadowed a US EP-3 Aries II at an unsafe distance on July 19. Photo: US Southern Command

“After reviewing video documentation, we have determined the Russian-made fighter aggressively shadowed the EP-3 at an unsafe distance in international airspace for a prolonged period of time, endangering the safety of the crew and jeopardizing the EP-3 mission,” a navy statements read.

The US noted that the EP-3 aircraft was adhering to international standards and rules.



The Venezuelan government said its armed forces rejected the incursion of a US reconnaissance and intelligence aircraft near the Maiquetia airport.

The statement further said that the US aircraft was detected in Venezuelan airspace and did not report its presence to local authorities.