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Russian Military Jet Flies Over New Jersey

12 August 2017

The Russian jet, a Tupolev Tu-154M, also flew over the Central Intelligence Agency headquarters in Virginia, as well as Camp David and Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.

After that, the Russian plane was to fly over Bedminster, New Jersey, where President Donald Trump is spending his vacations. It's a - Russian military aircraft over a golf course? According to the Pentagon, the overflights are conducted by aircraft typically equipped with film and sensors allowed under the treaty.

The reported flight happened in accordance with the Treaty on Open Skies, under which participating members are allowed to conduct observational flights over other countries' military facilities CNN said citing a source that told CNN that United States military personnel were on board.

According to a law enforcement source, US Air Force personnel were on board the Russian plane, which has the capability of engaging in various intelligence-gathering operations. The mission will be flown under the Open Skies Treaty which entered into force in 2002. The agency can only confirm specific locations once a mission is over. "We put together the flight plan and with a few exceptions - safety-wise or weather-wise - they are allowed to fly over pretty much the entire territory".

According to the official, Russian Federation had given the mandatory 72-hour notice before the flight.

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Thirty-four nations are signatories to the treaty. After each flight, the host nation gets a copy of any imagery taken by the observation aircraft.

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"The treaty is created to enhance mutual understanding and confidence by giving all participants, regardless of size, a direct role in gathering information through aerial imaging on military forces and activities of concern to them", the State Department said, per CNN.

Although the targets of surveillance were somewhat out of the ordinary, the flights themselves are relatively routine and are created to promote openness among nations and their militaries.

Russian Military Jet Flies Over New Jersey