The Pentagon is developing a number of initiatives to “contain” Russia in Eastern Europe. Writes about this The National Interest.
In particular, the American military department to transfer the 25th strike group of the US Air Force from the Middle East region to Europe. The publication explains that MQ-9 Reaper attack drones have been sent to Romania and the Baltic countries. It is noted that in recent years these drones have undergone major changes, and now they are able to take off with virtually double ammunition. So, now each “Reaper” is capable of carrying up to eight Hellfire air-to-surface missiles.
In reconnaissance flights, drones will be able to do without landing for longer. The video surveillance equipment installed on them is likely to be in demand both in operations in North-Eastern Europe and in the southern regions of Eastern Europe, including the Black Sea.
In December 2020, the command of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) announced that the US Air Force MQ-9 Reaper strike drones would be used for the first time in exercises in Ukraine. Thus, during the exercise, American drones will test the strength of the air defense system of the Armed Forces.
In February 2019, a military analyst from Malta, Babak Tagway, posted on Twitter a video that showed a video intercepted by the Iranian military from the American MQ-9 Reaper attack and reconnaissance drone. According to him, the 1L222 Avtobaza-M Russian electronic intelligence system was used for interceptions.
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