US Military Releases Footage of Russian Su-27 Colliding With American Reaper Drone
The United States Military has released video from the American MQ-9 Reaper Drone that crashed into the Black Sea on Tuesday, after appearing to collide with a Russian Sukhoi Su-27 fighter jet.
The video shows the Russian jets dumping fuel on the drone in an attempt to harass it, before a likely pilot error resulted in the collision. Although Russia claims that there was no physical contact between the crafts, the video and a damaged drone rear propellor would indicate otherwise.
The drone was terminally damaged, resulting in its Black Sea crash, and although both countries have moved to recover the wreckage, it would appear that nobody will get their hands on the drone. Talking to CNN, National Security Council coordinator for strategic communications John Kirby said, "It has not been recovered, and I'm not sure we're going to be able to recover it. I mean, where it fell into the Black Sea, very, very deep water." The Biden administration has not chosen to respond aggressively to the downing of the unmanned aircraft.