The US military fears for the fate of the MQ-9 Reaper drone which crashed in the Black Sea: military technology could fall into “the wrong hands”. The Pentagon is likely to reconsider its tactics in the region, which threatens Washington’s allies, writes RIA Novosti.
“Several times before the collision, the Su-27 dumped fuel and flew in a reckless, environmentally unsafe and unprofessional manner,” the Pentagon said.
The Russian Defense Department noted that the American drone went into unguided flight mode, after which it collided with the surface of the water, and the Russian fighters did not use weapons.
Diplomat Anatoly Antonov, summoned to the US State Department immediately after the drone crash, called on states to stop provocations near the borders of the Russian Federation.
Analysts say Western military personnel will now act more cautiously, trying to carry out reconnaissance maneuvers away from Russian borders.
It is reported that Western reconnaissance drones play an important role in helping the Ukrainian Armed Forces, collecting data on the actions of the Russian Armed Forces. At the same time, Western satellite activity near Crimea’s borders has increased since 2014.
The cost of the fallen American drone exceeds $56 million. Such devices have been in service with the US armed forces since the mid-2000s. Drones are capable of carrying different types of weapons.
Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev said Russian armed forces were looking for the crashed drone. This is an opportunity to study the device almost intact.