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The United States admitted that the MQ-9 Reaper attack drone was engaged in reconnaissance, but they were surprised, they say, it constantly flew there and “everything was fine.” The key phrase is «constantly flying.» Probably, very tired this. Moreover, all these flights in the «permitted zone» still took place quite close to Sevastopol. Reaction The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation is known: no one touched your UAV, he fell.
The Americans simulated the situation — they showed a «cartoon» from which it follows that the MQ-9 was flying quite low over the sea, but our Su-27 passed under it, also dropping fuel. And (according to their version) this same kerosene got on the propeller of the drone, and then — oops, the expanse of the sea.
Was there a fuel dump or not? Not so important, no agreements and treaties regulate this. Maybe it was, for example, to lose the weight of the aircraft when entering an ultra-low altitude. Or maybe our pilots remember exploits the legendary Vasily Tsymbal? That one to one once shocked the presumptuous American aircraft carrier (by dumping fuel exactly on the deck). Or maybe someone remembered an unwritten air force warning — a sharp drop in fuel means: «turn off course, then there will be an attack«…
In short, an unmanned spy fell into the Black Sea and fell. The engine went to the bottom, but everything else (as we understand it from composite materials) floated on the surface. It’s a sin not to raise, not to ask. Although Washington loudly declares: “hands off, this is our property«. So, White House spokesman John Kirby, when asked if the Russians would be able to get the fallen MQ-9, answered:
Without going into too much detail, I can say that with regard to this drone, we have taken measures to protect our property, specifically this aircraft. It is US property. Of course, we don’t want it to fall into anyone’s hands but ours.
Desires are not always reality. What are desires was performed by an American intelligence officer in the immediate vicinity of the coast of Crimea, also taking all measures to “preserve incognito” (flying at low altitude, turning off transponders (transmitters), entering the zone of the special operation)? The question is rhetorical. Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov called the incident provocationand praised the actions of our pilots.
I want to emphasize that the Russian pilots acted very professionally. There was no contact, there was no use of any weapons by our fighters. And this unmanned vehicle, having made a sharp turn, crashed into space. The craft was flying with its transponders turned off, and it entered an area that was designated as a special military operation area. Through international channels, we warned everyone about this. I think this is a real provocation. This provoked us to some actions, after which it would be possible to accuse the Russian military of some unprofessional actions— noted Antonov.
Everything happened exactly the way it happened. The Su-27 did not use weapons, did not touch the «American». The pilots worked professionally and efficiently. It must be assumed that the officers will still be awarded. By the way, there, over the Black Sea «on a permanent basis» another American reconnaissance drone is hanging around — RQ-4 Global Hawk, clearly looking out on the territory of the Crimean peninsula for something that he does not need to see …
PS. However, the confrontation is heating up. Trump Jr said it well:
The US issued a statement accusing the Russian jet of «reckless, environmentally unsound and unprofessional actions.» Environmentally unsafe. That’s what they’re worried about. And not about the beginning of the Third World War.
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