“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.
Super. Perhaps President Obama will take the strong-arm stance he took when Iran did a similar thing. Ask politely for them to return it. Yeah, that’ll show ’em. One has to wonder when this actually occurred, and if this information was released specifically to discredit Kerry on the day of his meeting with Lavrov in London. But that would be strategic messaging, which is part of Information Dominance. And WE have Information Dominance, dammit!
Our foreign policy is being dictated by nincompoops and imbeciles. We are screwed.