Russian MOD: American drone Fell Into Black Sea Due to Own Sharp Maneuvering

Russian MOD: American drone Fell Into Black Sea Due to Own Sharp Maneuvering

Russia “Downs” U.S. Drone in Black Sea

Russian Federation aircraft intercepted a U.S. MQ-9 “Reaper” Drone over the Black Sea and caused the $17 Million Drone to crash into the water.  The drone was being used by the US to spy on Russian military actions in Ukraine, and to inform Ukraine as to the movements and location of Russian Forces.

Two Russian SU-27 Fighter Jets, on patrol over the Black Sea, intercepted the American Drone.   One fighter jet got in front of the drone and repeatedly “dumped” jet fuel on it; wrecking the drone surveillance systems.   A second SU-27 allegedly moved in so close to the rear of the Drone, it’s wingtip was able to hit the rear mounted propeller of the drone, breaking one or more of the propeller blades. (How’s THAT for precision flying?), and the damage to the propeller forced the drone to crash into the sea. (See Update at bottom — Russia DENIES making physical contact with drone)

U.S. European Command issued a “Karen” type of Press Release:

OK Karen.

Womp Womp.


The Russian ambassador in Washington has been summoned to the State Department, the agency said.


The area of the Black Sea where this incident apparently took place, is quite shallow.  Map of flight path below:


Recovering the downed U.S. drone should be quick work for the Russian navy vessels operating in the Black Sea.   To my knowledge, the US has no recovery vessels in that Sea or anywhere near it.

If the Russians grab the drone wreckage, it could prove to be a wellspring of information – and how to counter such drones in the future.


In a statement, Russia’s Defense Ministry denied colliding with the US drone, saying the American aircraft went into ‘uncontrolled flight’ due to ‘sharp maneuvering’.  

Russia’s Defense Ministry claimed the US drone was flying toward its airspace with its transponder turned off, and the Russian fighters were dispatched to investigate.

‘Russian fighters did not use airborne weapons and did not come into contact with the American drone,’ the ministry said in a statement.

‘Due to sharp maneuvering, the American drone went into uncontrolled flight with a loss of altitude and collided with the water surface,’ the statement added.

From Russian media

Russian MoD on US Drone Incident: UAV Fell Into Black Sea Due to Own Sharp Maneuvering

An MQ-9 Reaper, a hunter-killer surveillance UAV - Sputnik International, 1920, 14.03.2023
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – US drone MQ-9 fell into the Black Sea on Tuesday morning due to its own sharp maneuvering, Russian fighters did not come into contact with it and did not use weapons, the Russian Defense Ministry said.
“As a result of sharp maneuvering around 09:30 Moscow time [06:30 GMT], unmanned aerial vehicle MQ-9 went into an uncontrolled flight with a loss of altitude and collided with the water surfaceThe Russian fighters did not use airborne weapons, did not come into contact with the unmanned aerial vehicle and returned safely to their home airfield,” the ministry said.
The ministry clarified that on the morning of March 14, the airspace control of the Russian Aerospace Forces had recorded the flight of US unmanned aerial vehicle MQ-9 over the Black Sea in the region of the Crimean peninsula in the direction of the Russian state border.
The flight of the drone “was carried out with transponders turned off, violating the boundaries of the area of the temporary regime for the use of airspace, established for the purpose of conducting a special military operation, communicated to all users of international airspace and published in accordance with international standards,” the defense ministry noted.
Russian fighters from the air defense forces on duty were scrambled in order to identify the intruder, the ministry added.

Meanwhile, Pentagon spokesperson Pat Ryder on Tuesday declined to disclose whether the US MQ-9 Reaper drone that crashed over the Black Sea after the intercept with Russian aircraft was armed.

“I’m not going to get into the specific profile of this particular aircraft. As you know the MQ-9 does have the ability to be armed,” Ryder said during a press briefing.

Ryder also added, that US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has not talked to Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu after the incident.

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