Airspace over the Black Sea getting busy today

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May 12, 2017 – Fort Russ News –

– Lenta-ru, translated by Tom Winter –

US RQ-4 Global Hawk, USAF illustration
Sukhoi – 30
US P-8 Poseidon. Business Insider illustration

On May 12, Russian means of reconnaissance detected a US reconnaissance drone of the type RQ-4 Global Hawk in the sky over the Black Sea. Tass learned about this from a military-diplomatic source.

According to the source, the device moved at a high altitude towards the border of Russia. The source did not specify how often US drones make such flights, noting only that “they do it regularly.”

Earlier on May 12, there were reports of a Russian Su-30 fighter intercepting the US anti-submarine aircraft P-8A Poseidon. An air interception occurred on May 9. After the interceptor entered the area, the American aircraft, which was approaching Russia’s air border earlier, changed the direction of the flight.

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Reports on the emergence of large US reconnaissance drones in the Black Sea region have been repeatedly published in the last two years. Flights were particularly noted in February-March 2017 and in November 2016.

The RQ-4 Global Hawk is a strategic reconnaissance drone with a jet engine, developed by Northrop Grumman. It is purchased by the US Air Force, NATO countries, and also used for the needs of NASA. The mass-produced drone, with a take-off weight of 14.6 tons, costs $133 million. With the development costs folded in, each costs $220 million. Currently there are 42 drones of this type in the US arsenal.     

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