Russians Claim US Drone Captured While Flying Over Crimea


Stop me if you heard the one about anything with an uplink/downlink being vulnerable to MIJI and capture.  From Yahoo news, via Drudge.

“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.


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7 responses to “Russians Claim US Drone Captured While Flying Over Crimea

  1. David Navarre

    Historians will simply avoid writing about 2008-2016 unless they can say “nice things”, so I expect Crimea to go unmentioned in academic analysis of American geo-politics until after 2050 or so.


  2. But I don’t understand… the Russians said they’re not in Crimea.


  3. scottthebadger

    Let the War commence!


  4. We have to play for time. All of our troops in AF are supplied through Russia. Get our troops and the best of the equipment out and our strategic path is less cluttered.

    Our JCOS should be laying down heavy markers on this entire scenario. Keep the A-10s and reopen the F-22 lines at the least.

    I dislike an AF katabasis though Pakistan, but we should have a plan, with sealift lined up.

    Poland and the Baltic States are the stop lines. Involve NATO and the Heer in the planning. Both of the German Armored Divisions, 1st AD and 10th AD (well less their mountain INF brigade) are in-theater, well trained, and well equipped.

    The Kaliningrad Oblast is one of many Russian vulnerabilities.


  5. NaCly Dog

    Opps. Reposted on more appropriate thread.