Rostec Reports US Spy Drone Brought Down by Russia
According to a Putin mouthpiece outlet in Russia, a specialized electronic warfare truck is claimed to have brought down an aging US spy drone (due for retirement and already being replaced) today in Ukraine.
The fact that Russia is capable of bringing down an older model US drone is not surprising, considering that it is rumored Iran used just such a Russian asset to bring down the much newer stealth spy drone a few years ago. What I find surprising is the nonchalance all of this is unfolding, with both sides avoiding any overtly fiery rhetoric.
I would like to think that this incident was a ruse by the US to give up an aging pawn in order to gauge the response of Russian electronic warfare capabilities, but it probably was a legitimate loss. The dangerous problem is that if drones cannot render survellience then it will probably come down to manned reconnaissance and that will get ugly really fast if an F-16 is downed and the pilot captured.