Drone Reaper has already sunk deep in the Black Sea, it will be very difficult to raise it, – General Milli
The American reconnaissance drone MQ-9 Reaper, which fell into the Black Sea, is probably already at the bottom. And it will be very difficult to lift it.
This was announced on March 15 during a briefing by the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley, Channel 24 reports.
In the US, they will still consider whether it is necessary to raise the MQ-9
Milley noted that the drone most likely went deep under the water. And it will be very difficult for anyone to lift it from a depth of 1.2 – 1.5 km.
He added that if the United States has reason to believe that they can raise the drone, then Washington will “consider options.” And although the US does not have ships in the area, they “have friends in the region.”
At the same time, Mark Milli himself believes that there is probably nothing to raise there.
It is probably broken and there is not much to pick up … We are absolutely sure that everything that had value no longer has value, he added.
Russia has not yet found the wreckage
- On the morning of March 14, one of the Russian Su-27 aircraft crashed into the propeller of an American MQ-9 Reaper reconnaissance drone, as a result of which the US Air Force had to sink it.
- The US added that several times before the collision, 2 Su-27 aircraft tried to intercept the MQ-9 by dropping fuel in front of it. However, the Russians do not admit their guilt and say that the drone allegedly lost altitude and hit the water.
- After the incident, the Russian ambassador was summoned to the US State Department.
- Russia has tried to locate the wreckage of the drone, but has yet to find it. Whether he will search further is also unknown. The US says it has taken steps to keep the MQ-9 Reaper out of “the wrong hands” and to minimize its reconnaissance value.