A $17 Million dollar MQ-9 Reaper Drone was taken down by Russia with “Zero” cost to Russia as it was performing spying activities over the Black Sea. No missiles were fired. Russian pilot used the tip of his wing to halt and destroy propeller.
“Our MQ-9 aircraft was conducting routine operations in int’l airspace when it was intercepted & hit by a Russian aircraft, resulting in a crash & complete loss of the MQ-9” per US Air Forces Europe & Air Forces Africa Cmdr Gen. James Hecker.
Moscow is expected to issue a statement that the drone was taken down by Ukrainian “Pro-Russian” saboteurs flying a kite.
The Russians have already picked up the wreckage of the MQ-9 from the Black Sea crash site and plan to reverse engineer it.