A US drone has conducted reconnaissance off the Crimean Peninsula, according to the monitoring resource PlaneRadar.
The US Air Force RQ-4B-40 Global Hawk with a tail number 11-2048 and call sign FORTE10 took off from a NATO air base on the island of Sicily, monitored the demarcation line in Donbass, and then embarked on a reconnaissance flight along the Russian Black Sea coast.
06:20 мск.— PlaneRadar (@ua4wiy_) 27 декабря 2019 г.
Стратегический разведывательный #БПЛА RQ-4B-40 #Global #Hawk, ВВС США🇺🇸, бортовой номер 11-2048, позывной #FORTE10, взлетел с авиабазы #Sigonella🇮🇹.#UAV #USAF #RQ4 pic.twitter.com/HKGAG2APZX
Despite multiple calls by Russia, the Pentagon has declined to halt reconnaissance operations near the country's territory.
The RQ-4 Global Hawk is a strategic reconnaissance UAV developed by a subsidiary of Northrop Grumman. The first drone of this type began combat missions in March 2006.