Russians claim to have downed U.S. drone over Crimea


A Russian-owned arms and technology company claims that an American surveillance drone was disabled and captured while flying over Crimea. Reports are a little sketchy so-far, but this is what we know. Rostec, a state-owned Russian arms company, says a U.S. surveillance drone was essentially hacked electronically, on Friday using technology they developed, then crashed to the ground virtually intact.

AFP has more details. If true, welcome to the new face of warfare. It is probably good to be skeptical of the claims right now. I wouldn’t be surprised if we were flying drones over the region, but I also wouldn’t be surprised if one accidentally crashed or was brought down by gunfire too.

Jeff Quinton

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Jeff Quinton is an award-winning blogger who has been aggregating and blogging since 1998. He has worked as a reporter, in government, and as a communications professional in Columbia, SC and Washington, DC.

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