“The drone was flying at about 4,000 metres (12,000 feet) and was virtually invisible from the ground. It was possible to break the link with US operators with complex radio-electronic” technology, said Rostec in a statement.
The drone fell “almost intact into the hands of self-defence forces” added Rostec, which said it had manufactured the equipment used to down the aircraft, but did not specify who was operating it.
“Judging by its identification number, UAV MQ-5B belonged to the 66th American Reconnaissance Brigade, based in Bavaria,” Rostec said on its website, which also carried a picture of what it said was the captured drone.”
International reports of intimidation and Russian military presence in Crimea ahead of Sunday’s referendum coupled with takeover of the media by Russian channels does not bode well for what many are seeing as an inevitable coup by Putin.
US confirmation of the Drone’s presence or interception has not been available surfing the internet at this point.
Personally, I am very troubled by these developments and wonder what the thinking is here? Is POTUS handling this situation or is the situation handling the US? I am confident in Secretary Kerry’s skills and very concerned about Putin’s capacity for global harm.