US officials tell Fox News Russian fighter jets closely approached U.S. predator drones over Syria at least three times in the past week.
Russian fighter jets shadowed U.S. predator drones on at least three separate occasions high above Syria since the start of Russia’s air campaign last week, according to two U.S. officials briefed on this latest intelligence from the region.
“The first time it happened, we thought the Russians got lucky. Then it happened two more times,” said one official.
Both officials said that the incidents took place over ISIS-controlled Syria, including its de facto headquarters in Raqqa, as well as along the Turkish-Syrian border near Korbani. Another occurred in the northwest, near the highly contested city of Aleppo.
The U.S. military's MQ-1 Predator drone is not a stealth aircraft.
"It is easy to see a predator on radar," said one official.
The Russians have not attempted to shoot down any of the U.S. drones, but instead have flown "intercept tracks," a doctrinal term meaning the Russians flew close enough to make their presence felt, according to one official.
One other official said, “the Russians flew very close, but did not impede the drone flight.”
“The first time it happened, we thought the Russians got lucky. Then it happened two more times."
- U.S. official briefed on intelligence
They also forgot to mention how their best stealth drone was also easy to see
for IRAN.. and they even captured it.. So they talk as if Russia did not have the capabilities to intercept their drones
and that doing that was a matter of "luck" .