US believes Russia found some small pieces of downed drone
After the Russian Su-27s cynically shot down an American MQ-9 Reaper UAV, they also announced that they would look for its wreckage at the bottom of the Black Sea. The US believes that this has already happened.
In particular, this was announced by the coordinator for strategic communications of the US National Security Council, John Kirby. According to him, Russia found the wreckage of a downed American reconnaissance drone in the Black Sea.
Where could a downed drone fall
CNN reporters report that Russia has reached the crash site of a US reconnaissance drone in the Black Sea, about 120 kilometers southwest of Crimea.
By the way, the US Air Force even published a graphic map with the approximate locations and time of the collision of the Russian fighter and the MQ-9 Reaper drone and its crash in the Black Sea.
Map of the approximate location of the downed Reaper drone / US Air Force photo
However, the Biden administration subsequently made it impossible to obtain any sensitive information from the remains of the plane.
We have made it impossible for them (the Russians – Channel 24) to get intelligence from the remains of this drone,” Kirby said.
Drone operators took action to remove the drone's sensitive software before it crashed into the Black Sea.
“All that's left… floating is probably going to be the flight control hull and things like that. Probably nothing that has real intrinsic value for them in terms of reverse engineering or anything like that the Russians won't find,” Kirby added.
What you need to know about the downing of the Reaper drone
- Around 07:00 on March 14, a Russian Su-27 crashed into an MQ-9 drone. Therefore, US forces sank the MQ-9 in international waters.
- Russia comes up with versions that the drone allegedly fell by itself or that it threatened Russia, although this is not true.
- Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin spoke with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu about the incident over the Black Sea.
- US State Department spokesman Ned Price said the actions of the Russian pilots were dangerous and unprofessional and could have “provoked a much bigger incident.”
- After that, Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov was summoned to the US State Department. He managed to justify himself for the incident and stated that no one threatened him.