The reconnaissance plane, which took off from Mildenhall airbase in Great Britain, took off in Ukrainian airspace over Volyn Oblast on Saturday morning and headed east along the border with Belarus. In more than four hours, the American reconnaissance machine rushed to the explosions of Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhia, Kherson, Mykolaiv and Odessa.
In total, the American aircraft remained in Ukrainian airspace for more than six hours.
Previously, aircraft of this type were not visible in the Ukrainian sky, other equipment was used – the strategic reconnaissance drone RQ-4 Global Hawk, which mainly carried out aerial reconnaissance along the line of contact between the parties to the Donbass conflict. was operating.
Previously, the RC-135 Rivet Combined aircraft were used for electronic reconnaissance near the borders of Russia, including in the Black Sea and the Baltic Sea.
The RC-135 rivet joint is designed for photographic and electronic reconnaissance. The machine was created on the basis of the Boeing C-135 Stratolifter transport aircraft.
According to the Interfax agency, on Friday, the Russian Federation’s National Defense Control Center informed that the Su-30 fighter took off that day to rescue the American Boeing P-8 Poseidon patrol aircraft over the Black Sea.
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