US Drone "Intercepted" Over Crimea By Russian 'Self-Defense' Forces

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An American scout-attack drone, "almost invisible at a height of 4000 meters" has, according to AFP, been intercepted in the Crimean sky. Reports from the Russian state arms and technology group Rostec stated, judging by side-markings it was an MQ-5B drone - which is likely part of the 66th US Recon Brigade based in Bavaria. It was possible to break the drone’s link with its American operators with the help of the EW (electronic warfare) complex Avtobaza. As a result, the device made an emergency landing and passed into the possession of the self-defense forces almost unbroken."



Via AFP,

An American scout-attack drone was intercepted in the Crimean sky, the Rostec state corporation reports. "Judging by side marking, the MQ-5B drone was part of the 66th US brigade of military intelligence with the main location in Bavaria," the report on the website of the corporation reads.


According to the report, at the beginning of March, the American brigade was relocated to the Ukrainian Kirovohrad, from where drones commit reconnaissance raids in the direction of Crimea and Russian border areas.


Earlier, they reportedly appeared in the Kherson region, in the area of the Crimean roadblock Chongar. "According to some data, the American reconnaissance brigade had 18 MQ-5B drones in its arsenal. This is the second time the American UAV is intercepted over Crimea," the report says.


"The drone was at the height of about 4 thousand meters and was practically invisible from the earth. It was possible to break the drone’s link with its American operators with the help of the EW (electronic warfare) complex Avtobaza. As a result, the device made an emergency landing and passed into the possession of the self-defense forces almost unbroken," the report says.

"Self-defense" it would appear does not cross a red-line (until Sunday).

It is perhaps ironic that the US is complaining abouit Russia's military presence in Ukraine even as its own equipment is reportedly operating in the country.

What next: CIA spooks in Kiev inciting a violent coup, oh wait, that would be Libya or Egypt. And everyone knows what a success that way.

And as expected, the Pentagon promptly denied the drone belonged to the US. It denied it not the biblical three times, but four. They must really mean it.


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Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:24 | 4549193 fightthepower
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Drones only work on cave dwellers...

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:26 | 4549210 Joe Davola
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Guess we haven't upgraded them much since the Iranians snagged that other one.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:29 | 4549229 Almost Solvent
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Gives us our excuse to invade , er defend Ukraine!



Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:31 | 4549244 Boris Alatovkrap
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Maybe USSA is have excuse, but critical missing is testicular fortitude and capable command-in-chief. Both is MIA and FUBAR.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:37 | 4549284 nope-1004
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So Ukraine's sovereignty only exists up to 4,000 meters above ground?  lmao.  The hypocrisy is incredible.


Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:38 | 4549287 JoeSexPack
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Drones use GPS signals, which are weak & easily jammed.


Fake signals land drone in other hands.


If Russia's Avtobaza hacked, will sell big, go long.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:43 | 4549327 Manthong
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What F’n Obama/MIC moron would be so stupid as to send a low altitude drone over Russian protected airspace?  ??

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:45 | 4549340 Divided States ...
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Dont worry, just a normal delivery package to Moscow.


Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:48 | 4549365 krispkritter
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No, it was looking for one of Obama's balls he shanked on the 9th tee...oh right, his balls are in Michelle's purse, nevermind.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 16:01 | 4549403 Looney
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Was that drone straight or gay?  ;-)


Wait until a few GPS satellites either jammed or knocked out of the skies. All our military and civilian toys will turn into junk in a split second. I think?  ;-)

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 16:03 | 4549432 Headbanger
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This is a bullshit story by the Russians you mooks!


Fri, 03/14/2014 - 16:12 | 4549481 Occident Mortal
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Don't fly anything over S-400's. It will be forced to the ground one way or another, are they that stupid?


This is just embarrassing. Yet another example of howling US hypocrisy crashing to the ground at the hands of superior Russian SAM technology. 


Are the US now arming the Crimean self defence force, Jesus we will be delivering Pizza to them next.


All Obama and Kerry have done is make Putin look good, in fact they make Putin look utterly invincible. Just stop.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 16:19 | 4549512 angel_of_joy
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No need to waste a perfectly good missile, on every piece of crap flown out there.

Hacking is so much cheaper... Much beter ROI !

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 16:32 | 4549552 Occident Mortal
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The S-400 missiles are only for stuff travelling faster than 600 mph.


Any drone flying overhead at a poxy 120mph can be simply hacked and captured intact. Thank you, very nice, keep them coming.

As you asy much better ROI, saving a fortune on costly R&D. Why spend all that time and capital developing stealth drone technology when your enemies are dumb enough to deliver it to you.


It's just embarrassing. They're up against the worlds most sophisticated air defence system and they're testing it with bits of kit that cost $50m and travel slower than a tennis ball. WTF.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 17:29 | 4549833 Dave Thomas
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For slower targets they'd use a 2S6 Tunguska. Hell a ZSU-23-4 gone optical would tear those little drones up yall!

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 17:58 | 4549878 Independent
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Drone videos just just uploaded by a USA drone operator....

So American drones buzzing all over the skies in Ukraine can only mean one thing, a heavy special ops US and other NATO countries present on the ground, looks like we were there long time before the Russians with our invasion.  Bet you anything all those right wing Svoboda dudes were just a bunch of Polish military guys.  Should be interesting especially if the Russians capture some US special forces members or other Nato special forces members and they are paraded in front of the Kremlin, just like the good ol days.

By the way that is a reasonably sized drone the MQ-5B



Fri, 03/14/2014 - 21:59 | 4550727 Buck Johnson
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What people need to understand is that America hasn't fought an adversary that was close to it's technological (or better depending on area of expertise) prowess since WWII.  And so since then nobody could or would that we where fighting where able to take over our equipment or outfight us.  Essentially they jammed that drone and it did it's emergency landing once it couldn't keep in contact.  What happens when they are able to get the right frequency to control the drone from the operator and use it against us.

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 16:50 | 4552707 MeelionDollerBogus
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Upvote for video #2. None of them appear to be on topic but a girl showing underboob with "tits" written on her tits is Winning(tm)

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 17:35 | 4549874 NoDebt
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Swiping one of those drones is like stealing the silverware after you have dinner at Outback Steak House.

I'm sure we'd love to have it back, but there's no great loss monetarily and the "secrets" of that technology were already lost when the Iranians swiped one months back.  Heck, I'd be surprosed if Russia (and/or China) wasn't helping Iran to steal that original one in the first place.  The horse is already out of the barn on those things.  The loss of any technological advantage was gone the minute Iran swiped the first one.  They're just flying party favors now.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 18:52 | 4550124 flapdoodle
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Except for the bad PR...

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 16:16 | 4549500 angel_of_joy
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Newsflash: SR71 is dead ! When flying, it was horrendously expensive to operate. Lately, it also became innefective against late generation SAMs (Russian made...).

But please don't stop banging your head into anything you might find pleasant...

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 18:18 | 4550015 HisNameIsRP
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70s technology

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 18:53 | 4550126 effendi
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Wrong,the SR71 is '60s technology. They stopped making them in 1968 and retired them in 1998.

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 02:06 | 4551307 angel_of_joy
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Still, it's the fastest piloted aircraft ever !

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 16:14 | 4549489 DutchR
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Paging Mr Carrington, paging mr Carrington.......

Do you have some Solar Flair to lay up on us.....;)



Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:59 | 4549423 Chief KnocAHoma
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If they can intercept a military drone do you think they could also intercept a boeing 777? Maybe MH 370 was taken by such means and is being retasked for something sinister. No way anything like that would reach home of that evil tribe or a US air craft carier, but I would think an oil tanker or loading dock would be ripe.

Or if loaded down with nuclear material maybe flown into some soft target to cause mass histeria. 

Anyway, sleep tight and have a great weekend!

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 16:05 | 4549445 Herd Redirectio...
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I think the AWACS plane is what you are looking for.  Not Russian air force...

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 16:13 | 4549486 eurogold
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Smooth move U.S. hypocites !

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 16:49 | 4549653 Flagit
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they were acting on a report of stolen cattle.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 16:37 | 4549592 Perfecthedge
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Hahahah...didn't saw that one coming.  Good catch, Sir.

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 00:30 | 4551167 Kirk2NCC1701
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Attaboy: "FAST & FURIOUS 2"  The hits (to our pride) just keep on coming.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:46 | 4549346 Concentrated po...
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No drone left behind!

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:46 | 4549357 Herd Redirectio...
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Its worked for the last 12 years, everywhere they've gone.  Its what the MIC is 'good at' and has experience with, at this moment.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:48 | 4549371 dontgoforit
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That is not a U.S. drone.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:53 | 4549390 Carpenter1
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Putin: 6,789,0753

Obama: -907

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 16:04 | 4549444 Perimetr
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Clearly a Russian drone.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 16:36 | 4549587 SunRise
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Finders Keepers?

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 17:43 | 4549898 angel_of_joy
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It's more like fishing (baiting included)...

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 17:44 | 4549899 angel_of_joy
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Fri, 03/14/2014 - 16:26 | 4549544 angel_of_joy
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Yes, it is !

"Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Hunter Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), in use with the U.S. Army since 1996... Northrop Grumman-operated Hunter MQ-5A and Army-operated MQ-5B models are currently deployed in the Global War on Terrorism. Hunter provides warfighters with state-of-the-art reconnaissance, surveillance, target acquisition (RSTA), communications relay, and weapons delivery. Hunter is currently operated by the US, French and Belgian armies."



Fri, 03/14/2014 - 17:32 | 4549850 Dave
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Evidently operated by the Russian army as well now.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 17:32 | 4549853 Dave
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Evidently operated by the Russian army as well now.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 18:57 | 4550141 divide_by_zero
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The problem is the photo shows a Boeing Scan Eagle while article is talking Mq-5B

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 22:00 | 4550733 silvermail
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"That is not a U.S. drone."

Yes, of course - it is a Mongolian drone.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:52 | 4549385 CrashisOptimistic
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Might be a NATO drone.  Not American, then.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 16:34 | 4549575 Panafrican Funk...
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It's either flying the US or Belgian flag, but it's a Northrop product regardless, that just recently started being utilized for "training purposes" in Germany.



Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:53 | 4549391 DutchR
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Sat, 03/15/2014 - 02:56 | 4551330 Element
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"So Ukraine's sovereignty only exists up to 4,000 meters above ground?  lmao.  The hypocrisy is incredible."

The US flew antagonistic spy-flights over the Soviet Union for all 40 years of the Cold War, so this hypocrisy is more like a return-to-form.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:37 | 4549285 zaphod
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Putin now knows that Obama carries no stick, so there is zero reason for him to stop. 

This is all of Obama's making.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:38 | 4549297 sixsigma cygnus...
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White Pawn captures Black Rook.  Black King calls for Mulligan.

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