On September 25, US unmanned surveillance aircraft (UAV) RQ-4B Global Hawk conducted a long reconnaissance near the coast of Crimea and Russian Krasnodar region.
According to Western aviation resources, the UAV approached to the western point of Crimea.
More than five hours the aircraft flew along the southern coast of Crimea, as well as the Black Sea coast of the Krasnodar region up to Sochi, and from time to time approaching the coast at a distance of 35-40 km in the area of Sevastopol and the Russian ports of Novorossiysk and Tuapse.
Earlier, this aircraft for six hours had flown along the line of demarcation in Donbas in the airspace controlled by Ukraine, but several times approached the Russian border at a distance of 40-60 km in area of Belgorod, Voronezh and Rostov regions.
According to open sources, the RQ-4B Global Hawk is outfitted with a high-resolution camera, an infrared sensor and a radar to track moving objects, designed to carry out strategic air reconnaissance up to 200 km into an enemy’s territory.
When flying at high altitudes, Global Hawk is capable of surveying large areas, reconnaissing high-resolution point targets and transmitting intelligence to the command in real time via a satellite link. RQ-4B Global Hawk, having a takeoff weight of 15 tons, and a wingspan of about 40 meters, can patrol for 30 hours at an altitude of 18,000 meters.
As reported, on March 8, the US UAV RQ-4A Global Hawk conducted aerial reconnaissance near the coast of occupied Crimea.
Aircraft number 10-2043 took off from the airbase in Italy, flying at an altitude of 16 thousand meters from the western edge of the annexed peninsula along up to the southern coast.