Source: American UAV sharply changed its route over Donbass

Over the past few years, US aviation has become a regular in the Ukrainian sky and the Black Sea. On May 18, 2021, the American strategic reconnaissance UAV Northrop Grumman RQ-4B-40 GlobalHawk of the US Air Force (tail number 11-2049, callsign FORTE10) once again flew from Sigonella airbase (Italy).

Initially, he conducted reconnaissance of the Black Sea coast of Russia, then flew along the northern border of Crimea to the demarcation line in the Donbass. After that, the scout made several flights of Berdyansk - Kramatorsk - Starobelsk. He did not finish the last flyby and in the Izyum region he unexpectedly changed the route to Pavlograd - Dnepr (Dnepropetrovsk) - Nikolaev.

Probably, at this moment, the UAV could have been subjected to some kind of impact. Therefore, he made an automatic maneuver out of the range of the unfriendly signal (beam). This was already at the end of April, when the American "guest" was too close flew up to the border of Russia. Then he was saved by a sharp turn of 180 degrees.

During the new adventure of FORTE10 in the airspace of Ukraine, interesting details emerged. Usually, the UAV, returning to its home site, flew the Dnieper in a westerly direction, and then turned south. This time, the UAV contacted the Ukrainian dispatchers and requested an unusual return route through Nikolaev, that is, it changed direction to the southwest for the fastest completion of the mission.

UAV operators have a communication channel with dispatchers. The scheme of work is as follows: operator - satellite or a group of spacecraft in orbit - UAV - dispatcher. According to sources monitoring movements in the airspace, changing the usual route can also indicate the likelihood of problems that have arisen. An audio recording of the communication between the Gorodok-Kontrol dispatcher in Dnipro and the UAV operator has even appeared on social networks.
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  1. Petr Vladimirovich (Peter) 18 May 2021 19: 04
    The air traffic controller in the airport of Dnepropetrovsk is still a job ...
    The corpse of the girl who framed the Malaysian Boeing under the Ukrainian BUK was never found ... sad
  2. steelmaker Offline steelmaker
    steelmaker 18 May 2021 19: 12
    Our electronic warfare is so praised that I wonder why these UAVs still dare to fly up to our borders? It is necessary to wet them on the distant approaches, like terrorists in sarties! But it seems that Putin is thinking for a long time, he cannot give all the order. It looks like him.
  3. Kofesan Offline Kofesan
    Kofesan (Valery) 19 May 2021 04: 39
    "They" are already there. And this is the main point. True, this is not visible from the bunker. So why are they not being "grounded" by the LDNR air defense?
  4. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 19 May 2021 09: 34
    Bad. He flew, flew, flew, many times, according to the article, and then even so he was fired at,
    He noticed this, and naturally did not tempt fate, and returned.
    Did not fall, did not land in the hands of the FSB, did not break, but simply flew away.

    And the joyful amerovskie "iksperdy" probably rushed to shoot new data on the secret weapon of "polite volunteers"
  5. gorenina91 Offline gorenina91
    gorenina91 (Irina) 19 May 2021 09: 59
    Source: American UAV sharply changed its route over Donbass

    - Well, well ... - Yes, he (this UAV) just needs to pour salt on the tail ... - then he will land himself ... - Hahah ...
    - This is such a folk "joke-joke" ... -Its meaning ... - you can't catch ... a bird ... - so pour salt on its tail ... - so it won't fly away ...
    - This is personally I am giving an "explanation" for the "nonresident" (and many of the "Russian" people do not know about it) ...