Russia "Downs" U.S. Drone in Black Sea

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.


# RE: Russia "Downs" U.S. Drone in Black SeaMighty Mouse Says 2023-03-16 14:53
Pentagon releases video of doomed drone chased by Russian jet
# aircraft mechanicjonnycash 2023-03-15 18:27
I am an aircraft mechanic ,I find it hard to believe any pilot would willing put his wing tip into a moving prop.
i like the fuel dump onto the drone that should mess up any sensors.

-1 # ~ EMP_technology ?HeroBeer 2023-03-15 15:35
the russians perhaps used their strong & advanced EMP_technology !?
+1 # Getting my drone.....Gruntpa 2023-03-15 14:52
splashed in the Black Sea isn’t the worst thing that happened to me today.
But it’s definitely up there.

Russia released a video of its fighter alongside the downed Reaper.
Interestingly, the MQ-9 was equipped with a VERY advanced surveillance system. The Gorgon Stare, as the video confirms.

China, Russia and Iran have had problems in this area, where the US actually has a significant advantage. If Russia recovers the remains of this surveillance system it could be very interesting for study.

Recall that the US previously refused to supply the MQ-9 to Ukraine for fear that it would be shot down and the Russians would study it.
Not only did this happen, but the downed aircraft was carrying one of NATO's most advanced surveillance systems.
# RE: Russia "Downs" U.S. Drone in Black SeaMSNews 2023-03-15 10:49

Sounds like the Russian jets scared the little drone back in the closet,

and it committed suicide!
# He he he he he heselah 2023-03-14 22:28
+2 # What a fitting name.HOOVER 2023-03-14 21:21
So, they named it "Reaper" drone. Imagine this. America, you're REAPING what YOU have sown!! Good!! May it keep on going and going and going. Because you all know what payback is!
+1 # Another scenario, remember the USS Donald Cookpaulattahoe 2023-03-14 20:05
A Russian SU-24 buzzed the Donald Cook 12 times disabling the ship in the Black Sea on 4/10/2014, not far from where the drone was captured.

"As the Russian jet approached the US vessel, the electronic device disabled all radars, control circuits, systems, information transmission, etc., on board the US destroyer.

The Russian Su-24 then simulated a missile attack against the USS Donald Cook, which was left literally deaf and blind. As if carrying out a training exercise."
-5 # RE: Russia "Downs" U.S. Drone in Black Seadennispate 2023-03-14 19:56
Is it at all possible fir our military, government and intelligence agencies to stop fucking helping our enemies? Just once...just once do something to fucking hinder them!
+7 # A little hot jetwash would do it . . .Jack Box 2023-03-14 19:17
We all know the Russians invented the "Cobra Maneuver" and use it to the delight of many airshow-attendees worldwide. Perhaps they found a tactical use for the maneuver against drones? I mean, a little afterburner-generated hot jetwash from above down onto one wing of a drone would certainly cause a "violent maneuver" without striking the aircraft. Even better if the darned thing is covered in unburned kerosene fuel. That could certainly cause it to "impact with the sea." Much like the Allies would simply tip the wings of the V-1 Doodlebugs sent against London in 1944 with a Spitfire or Typhoon fighter to upset their gyros and cause them to fall to the ground before striking their intended targets.

I would LOVE to know if that is how the Reaper became a sleeper . . . bit by a vicious cobra!
+11 # RE: Russia "Downs" U.S. Drone in Black Seamuddsbks 2023-03-14 17:44
"how to counter the drones in the future"

Spray a little jet fuel and you splash a $17 MILLION drone The US launches a $4 Millon missile and can't splash a balloon. What kind of horses*it is that? What a waste. But we got a woke Navy.

OMG, someone better tell the environmental nut jobs that Russia is polluting the sea. What a farce.
+1 # RE: Russia "Downs" U.S. Drone in Black SeaCaleb 2023-03-14 20:58
Not to worry......Quoting muddsbks:

OMG, someone better tell the environmental nut jobs that Russia is polluting the sea. What a farce.

Not to worry, Russia rushed in and recovered the pollution....ahaa, drone. The ocean is safe :)
+3 # English Lit.SBGlett77 2023-03-14 17:34
Somebody in Iran has been reading Shakespeare, Julius Caesar.
+2 # RE: English Lit.njc 2023-03-14 18:59
The Ides of March
+12 # RE: Russia "Downs" U.S. Drone in Black SeaRAFO 2023-03-14 17:31
Ahhhh… you just gotta luv those Ruskie pilots!

BTW, why do they even bother having their ambassador in Washington D.C.? So he can be ragged on by all the soulless talking heads? Russia, call the poor guy home… he’s had enough.
+9 # RE: Russia "Downs" U.S. Drone in Black Seableedingblue 2023-03-14 17:31
Wouldn't be surprised if the drone got caught in the wash of the SU 27 engines. We deserve to lose that drone by our own actions. If they were flying a drone alongside the coast I'd expect us to down it. Especially if the Russians were trying to break up America.
+4 # RE: Russia "Downs" U.S. Drone in Black SeaJohnGalt1911A1 2023-03-14 17:02
WarNews24/7 says the drone is in Russian hands.
# John Galt FLA ?Scottd 2023-03-14 17:31

This is just a question for JohnGalt1911A1...I used to know a John Galt
-1 # Who is John Galt???MIKE Vanola 2023-03-14 17:43
Ask Ayn
# HiScottd 2023-03-14 17:52
Hi Vanola...Over the past 40-years, I have read Atlas Shrugged 3 or four times...Great book, and it reminds my of the US today.

I had a friend with a website long ago under the URL of "" I was just wondering if this was he.

Again...great book.

BR Scott
+4 # RE: Russia "Downs" U.S. Drone in Black SeaRed Deer 2023-03-14 17:00
The US is doing the same provocative action in the South China Sea and could result in the same reaction...or worse.
+8 # Hypocritesnicheetah 2023-03-14 16:57
The US wants to say in a reckless environmentally unsound and unprofessional manner. Oh yeah like when you used agent orange on our guys or how about depleted uranium weapons? Hypocrisy at its finest!
+11 # ReverseScottd 2023-03-14 16:30
Step 1: Russia recovers UAV

Step 2: Russia reverse engineers airframe (I don't know - 2 weeks)

Step 3: Russia pulls apart communications systems (concurrent with #2)

Step 4: Russia makes several bitchen modifications to airframe/comm system and integrates their own weapons.

Step 5: Working prototype in late summer to be tested in Ukraine

Step 6: West needs to completely re-do their comms (Military industrial complex needs 3-5-years for this - Cost???...a gozillion dollars)

Step 7: Northrop Grumman, L-3, Raytheon, BAE and Cubic fight over government funding for #6

Step 8: Step 7 contractors get rich, rich, rich and US/Nato still loose.

Did I miss anything?

BR Scott
# RE: ReverseGruntpa 2023-03-15 11:02
You can add the steps where Russia gives to Iran to reverse engineer which they in turn share their findings with China in exchange for nuclear triggers and Russia brings in the hacker group Fancy Bear to disassemble and recover the software while finding the exploits to tear us a new one.
+15 # RE: Russia "Downs" U.S. Drone in Black SeaJohnGalt1911A1 2023-03-14 16:21
Hal, thank you for the absolute funniest thing I’ve seen so far this year.
Kudos to this Russian pilots if they’re reading this! Outstanding job!
+1 # WWIIIVercinge 2023-03-14 16:19
The entire announcement

"On the morning of March 14 over the waters of the Black Sea in the region of the Crimean Peninsula, the airspace control of the Russian Aerospace Forces recorded the flight of an American MQ-9 unmanned aircraft in the direction of the state border of the Russian Federation.

The flight of the unmanned aerial vehicle was carried out with closed transponders in violation of the limits of the area of ​​the temporary airspace use regime, established for the conduct of a special military operation, imposed on all users of the international airspace and published in accordance with the international standards.

In order to locate the intruder, fighters were taken off by the air defense forces on duty.

As a result of a sharp maneuver around 9.30 (Moscow time), the MQ-9 unmanned aerial vehicle went into an uncontrolled flight with a loss of height and collided with the water surface.

The Russian fighters did not use airborne weapons, did not come into contact with a drone and returned safely to their base airfield.

Both sides claim they have visual material that proves their version of the story.

The US is trying to recover video taken by the drone before it crashed, which it says shows harassment by Russian fighters.

For its part, Russia claims it has video proving that the Russian Su-27s did not damage the Reaper, which was heading "uncontrollably" towards the Russian border.
+4 # RE: Russia "Downs" U.S. Drone in Black SeaTexasWolf 2023-03-14 16:11
Gotta love the "environmentally sound" line. Holy shit the pentagram is woke!
+4 # And the other sideCaleb 2023-03-14 16:05
Over at Zero Hedge, they have the Russian version.

The Drone was flying WITHOUT its transponder on.

The Drone was flying toward Russia's border

The Drone "...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..."

No collision occurred and the drone started flying erratically and hit the drink. Now....I'm not doubting our State Dept's word, but how in the name of blue blazes could they determine the Soviet fighter's wing clipped the drone's prop? Did the drone have a camera toting drone? Was there wing mounted camera's transmitting back to Langley? Look at a picture of the fighter's wing tip and decide if you think this is even possible.
-1 # double post, sorryCaleb 2023-03-14 16:05
Double post, sorry
-1 # this really takesKdasl 2023-03-14 16:00
the cake…
+2 # #reaperTim421 2023-03-14 15:52
Russia don't fear the reaper
Nor the wind, the sun or the rain
We can be like they are
C'mon baby don't fear the reaper
+6 # The United States state Dept Nothing But Cry Babies ?Garyhines 2023-03-14 15:50
The United States State Dept Crying over Horse Shit.because Russian knocked their reaper drone out of the Sky . The U.S.Double Standard Horse Shit. iF the United States knocked a Russian Drone out of the sky .That's O.K. It's big deal .paranoid over it's just laughable at this point.
+5 # Russia says they never touched it or downed itselah 2023-03-14 15:43
Let’s see the video milley vanilli

And the u.s. was gonna throw some missles/bombs while they were out cruising the skies and now they are upset cuz they got caught without inflicting any physical damage this time. Then Russia recovers the drone. Way to go!
+8 # One less drone to spy on 2023-03-14 15:28
About time and thanks Putin.

Now the feds have less gear to spy on me with.
+4 # RE: One less drone to spy on meBren1776 2023-03-14 16:15
And me!
+1 # Breakaway Wing Tippaulattahoe 2023-03-14 15:26
Very easy to design and mount a prop cutting wing tip with no electronics or fuel storage, and hard to identify. Especially after the fighter in front disrupted their communications.

Sounds like a unique "out of the box" aircraft weapon.
+3 # RE: Breakaway Wing TipJohnGalt1911A1 2023-03-14 16:19
Quoting paulattahoe:
Very easy to design and mount a prop cutting wing tip with no electronics or fuel storage, and hard to identify. Especially after the fighter in front disrupted their communications.

Sounds like a unique "out of the box" aircraft weapon.

In the 50’s and 60’s, our pilots with Air Defense Command were trained to use their wingtips to slice open the cockpits of Soviet bombers.
+9 # The Russian Pilots Diserve a Blue Max AwardMax S Stofle 2023-03-14 15:15
A Salute To The Good Guys ,God Speed ,Max
+4 # "collided with the water surface"...lolFewThereBe 2023-03-14 15:14

Russian Ministry of Defense regarding US drone:

- US drone flight was recorded in Russia's Crimean region in direction of the Russian border.

- Flight of the US drone was carried out with the transponders turned off, violating airspace rules.

- Russian fighter jets were lifted into the air after discovery of a US drone.

- Russian fighter jets did not use weapons and did not come into contact with the US drone.

- As a result of sharp maneuvering, the US drone went into uncontrolled flight with a loss of altitude and collided with the water surface.
# Escalationeklmattke 2023-03-14 15:14
This is an escalation from Russia after the US provoked them. Remember the movie, "Countdown to Looking Glass." Things are going to get worse.
+8 # Great news!Lexie 2023-03-14 15:08
The Russian version of pissing all over the US.
+14 # LOL!!!zanity777 2023-03-14 15:06
Thanks for the good laugh today Hal; the Russian pilots must still be laughing after such a hilarious stunt! The "Karen" response was priceless but typical, LOL!!!
+4 # False FlagGruntpa 2023-03-14 15:03
Department of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations agents are probably beating the balls off the UAV operator with a New York phone book right now to make sure he/she/it follows the Pentagram's narrative to have an excuse to invade Ukraine after Bakhmut capitulates.
+4 # Sad mainstream newsremonkok 2023-03-14 15:03
Another reaction from me on this articcle. But I noticed that the Dutch mainstream media actually reported this only a few minutes ago. Amazing!!! When the Russian take action against the US/NATO they report it, but when it's about the real truth about the US/NATO they are as silent as a grave
+6 # pass the popcorn pleaseJOHN3:16 2023-03-14 14:52
Here we have the...We can do whatever we want, BUT you can't show...The U.S will burn down and she will still think she is queen...really she will go down in flames as the most hated country...This is why you never play with fire, you will get burned...
Lord have mercy on us all
+5 # You cannot HOA propellersupporttheblue 2023-03-14 14:50
With a wing and not sustain damage to the Russian fighter jet.
+2 # RE: You cannot HOA propellerJohnGalt1911A1 2023-03-14 16:50
Quoting supporttheblue:
With a wing and not sustain damage to the Russian fighter jet.

Wingtips are pretty much expendable; there’s not much there except for the wiring for the lights.
Couple hours in the sheet metal shop and you’re good to go.
+1 # RE: You cannot HOA propellerGruntpa 2023-03-14 15:25
Adds meaning to the former USAF recruiting campaign: "Aim High. Can't miss."
+9 # RE: You cannot HOA propellerJFY 2023-03-14 15:04
Clearly that was a cost the Russians were willing to take to stop the spying and make their point for the future.
+5 # # RE: You cannot HOA propellerBruce Mueller 2023-03-14 15:11
They were protecting their buddies on the ground. Any one of us would do the same protect our countrymen well they fight off Nazis.
+3 # Hitsupporttheblue 2023-03-14 14:51
+14 # RE: Russia "Downs" U.S. Drone in Black Seagregctg 2023-03-14 14:39
Those drones are legitimate targets as they supply nazis with targetting coordination o attack with.

Air forces cia drone operators must be in therapy now from that close call..
+4 # Top Gun…shenefie 2023-03-14 14:39
This sounds like Russia’s version of Goose and Maverick umm ‘keeping up foreign relations’….
+7 # Those Darn RascalsForrest Mosby 2023-03-14 14:38
Giv’em toys to play with and they get up to mischief every time
+7 # Too damn many Zionists in the U.S. GovernmentWilliam 2023-03-14 14:38
Everyone KNOWS who is running the shit show in America, and you can bet your last Shekel, it ain't the Irish, OY VEY,
# RE: Too damn many Zionists in the U.S. Governmentselah 2023-03-14 15:47
idk Obama hates Israel
+8 # Buy a beer (or Vodka) for those pilotsremonkok 2023-03-14 14:35
That are some real combat pilots. No pussies from behind a computer within a deep underground bunker, But real skills like they need in the old days. If I meet these pilots I will buy them a beer or Vodka if they prefer it!
+5 # YeaDoug Brown 2023-03-14 16:12
Those Russian pilots are real hero's
back at the bunk-house.
Love to hear the congratulations.
-4 # With such vast experiencesupporttheblue 2023-03-14 14:56
In Syria
+12 # Mind their own businessWilliam 2023-03-14 14:34
The US needs to mind its own business and quit supporting NAZIS, I hope Russia downs everyone of those drones that go up.
+12 # RE: Russia "Downs" U.S. Drone in Black SeaGunner 2023-03-14 14:27
If they cant take the heat, then GTFO of the kitchen so to speak.
+8 # I hear you Gunner.Steve in Buffalo 2023-03-14 14:32
But I fear this is the start of noisy part of this shit show.

Would you like butter on your popcorn?
+24 # You know, 70 yrs oldSteve in Buffalo 2023-03-14 14:36
I never thought I would live long enough to be so ashamed my country's actions.
I have tears in my eyes.
+9 # RE: You know, 70 yrs old1of7 2023-03-14 14:58
Just said about the same thing to my folks, warning them of the bank situation. Never so ashamed of US. Also that I hate that they would have to witness this event in the twilight of their years, for which they are wholly unprepared.

Has been a long, long time in the making. It's all in The Book, of course. But one must know what to study; have the ears to hear; the eyes to see and so forth.

God help us all, and my folks in their little bubble, who've often complained wasn't enough, having no idea their cup runneth over. For now, anyway ...

Quoting Steve in Buffalo:
I never thought I would live long enough to be so ashamed my country's actions.
I have tears in my eyes.
+6 # RE: I hear you Gunner.Bruce Mueller 2023-03-14 14:35
Quoting Steve in Buffalo:

Would you like butter on your popcorn?

With some of that cheese powder sprinkled on please!
+13 # YeahSteve in Buffalo 2023-03-14 14:41
No sense worrying about the heart now.
the nukes will take care of that cholesterol number real quick.
+3 # SorryBruce Mueller 2023-03-14 15:06
That was supposed to be a thumbs up vote. Fat fingers


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