Close Call: Russian Su-25’s Near Miss with Ukrainian Drone

Aerial Encounter Over Eastern Ukraine

A dramatic near-collision between a Russian Su-25 ground attack aircraft and a Ukrainian UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) was captured on video, stirring discussions and analysis among viewers. This incident took place in the tense skies over eastern and was shared by the Ukrainian Armed Forces on Jan. 15.

The Narrow Escape

The footage reveals a tense moment where the Russian Su-25, flying at high speed, comes dangerously close to the Ukrainian FPV (First Person View) drone. The aircraft narrowly avoids a collision, showcasing the risks involved in the crowded airspace over conflict zones.

Debating the Intentions

While some viewers speculated that the Russian pilot might have deliberately tried to approach the drone, possibly to damage it, experts argue that this seems unlikely. Considering the small size of the UAV and the Su-25's high speed, it's improbable that the pilot could have spotted, let alone intentionally approached, the drone, reports The New Voice of Ukraine.

This incident underscores the complexity and danger of modern warfare, where traditional military aircraft share the skies with small, often hard-to-detect unmanned systems.

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Haye Kesteloo
Haye Kesteloo

Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Founder of DroneXL.co, where he covers all drone-related news, DJI rumors and writes drone reviews, and EVXL.co, for all news related to electric vehicles. He is also a co-host of the PiXL Drone Show on YouTube and other podcast platforms. Haye can be reached at haye @ dronexl.co or @hayekesteloo.

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