Downed drone, US-Russia rush to recover wreckage: why it’s important

White House: “Aircraft may never be recovered”

What did the US drone that fell yesterday in the Black Sea ‘see’?

The United States and Russia aim to recover the wreckage of the MQ-9
for different reasons. Washington does not want “anyone to get their hands” on the device. Moscow wants to take advantage of the opportunity to closely observe the stars and stripes technology and perhaps to analyze the data collected by the drone that took off from Romania. This was emphasized by Nikolai Patrushev, Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation, in an interview on the Rossiya-1 TV channel. “I don’t know whether we will be able to recover it or not, but it is what we have to do and we will deal with it,” Patrushev said, answering the question of whether Russia could find the unmanned aircraft. “I hope, of course, for success,” he added.

However, according to White House Security Council spokesman John Kirby, the drone “was not recovered and may never be.” “I’m not sure we’ll be able to recover it,” said Kirby, who said the aircraft – which the US military was forced to crash after it was damaged in a collision with a Russian Su-27 fighter – went down at a point where the waters are “very, very deep”. “We are still evaluating whether a recovery can be organized,” he added, underlining that “we have done our best to minimize any intelligence value that anyone who gets their hands on that drone could get.”

In addition to the wreck, obviously, any data recorded by the drone is coveted in Moscow. Russia accuses the United States of having launched an active reconnaissance campaign in the Black Sea region, with various technologies, in the visible and radio spectrum. The director of the Foreign Intelligence Services (SVR), Sergey Naryshkin, highlighted in an interview: “We know in detail what goals the Americans are pursuing with their reconnaissance activities and we are trying to identify the sites and territories that are of interest to them greater interest”.