The footage, released by the Russian Ministry of Defense, shows a Russian Su-27 fighter jet launching an air-to-air missile at the US Army’s RQ-4A Global Hawk surveillance drone on June 20. The missile is seen striking the drone and sending it crashing into the sea.
The incident took place in international airspace over the Black Sea, and the Russian Ministry of Defense said the Su-27 was scrambled after the US drone approached the border of Russian airspace.
The US military has said the drone was flying a routine mission in international airspace and that the Russian plane was operating unsafely and provocatively. It is not clear who is at fault in this incident.
The incident has raised concerns about the potential for further conflict in the region, and both sides have called for calm.