Crashed drone – US and Russia race for recovery

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While Moscow and Washington blame each other after the drone crash over the Black Sea, both the Russians and the Americans try to retrieve the MQ-9 Reaper drone that fell into the sea. Could important US information fall into enemy hands?

The United States accuses the Russian Air Force of a fighter jet touching the drone’s propeller, rendering the plane unable to maneuver. American troops should therefore have taken them out of the air and dropped them into the sea. The drone was completely lost in the crash.

Moscow disagrees: drone not attacked
The Russian Defense Ministry has reportedly denied any responsibility for the crash. The drone was not shot at or otherwise attacked, according to a statement released by the state agency TASS. Air Force planes took off to identify an unknown intruder over the Black Sea. During a sharp evasive manoeuvre, the drone quickly lost altitude and crashed. “The Russian fighter jets used no weapons on board, did not come into contact with the UAV and returned safely to their home base.”

Moscow’s ambassador to Washington accused the United States of using its drones to collect reconnaissance data for Ukraine. “What are you doing thousands of miles away from the United States? The answer is obvious: they collect intelligence that will later be used by the Kiev regime to attack our forces and territory,” Russian ambassador Anatoly Antonov said in a statement. Washington “We expect the United States to refrain from further media speculation and to halt flights near the Russian border,” Antonov wrote. “We view any action involving the use of U.S. weapons as overtly hostile.”

Can drone be recovered?
Moscow now hopes that by recovering the drone it can secure information about its mission. “I don’t know if we can do that. But you have to. Of course I hope for success,” Secretary of the National Security Council Nikolai Patrushev told Russian state television on Wednesday. While the US has repeatedly emphasized that it is not a party to the war, the case demonstrates its involvement in the hostilities. “This is further confirmation that they are directly involved in these measures, in the war,” Patrushev said.

The US is also trying to get hold of their property. However, the company does not have a great chance of success. “I don’t know if we can do it. Where the drone crashed in the Black Sea, it is very deep. We are currently evaluating the possibility of a rescue. But maybe not,” said the spokesman for the US National Security Council, John Kirby, Wednesday to CNN.

In this case, however, one is well prepared, he emphasized. Precautions have been taken to ensure that important intelligence information does not fall into the wrong hands. A former US Air Force officer told the TV station that the information collected is encrypted, but that any material can be rendered “unusable”. This means that no one can verify which data has been sent.

Source: Krone

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