World War 3 fears as US steps up SECRET giant drone missions to Russian exclave

Saturday, December 22, 2018
By Paul Martin

A GIANT US Air Force drone has been stepping up secret surveillance missions on strategically important Russian ports in the Baltic Sea.

By TOM NELLIST
Express.co.uk
Sat, Dec 22, 2018

According to flight tracking data, a USAF RQ-4 drone has made repeated surveillance missions to the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad in recent months. Data shows a US drone first flying over Lithuania and Poland, avoiding Russian airspace, in February this year before periodically returning. However the unmanned aerial spy vehicle has made repeated missions in October and November with the latest flight taking place just last week.

The drone is believed to belong to the 9th Operations Group/Detachment 4th of the US Air Force which is deployed to Sigonella air base in Italy from Beale in California.

It is used as a high altitude long endurance platform meaning it can fly thousands of miles undetected high up in the atmosphere to capture radar and photographic evidence.

Each RQ-4 costs more than $220million and is used primarily to target weapons and protect friendly forces by providing near-live intelligence and reconnaissance data to military commanders in the field.

Little is known of the exact intentions of the US’s missions but Kaliningrad is home to vitally strategic warm water ports for the Russian Navy.

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