MQ-1C range after their appearance in Ukraine: Rostov, Voronezh and Minsk under attack

The US administration plans to sell four MQ-1C Gray Eagle reconnaissance and strike drones to Ukraine for use against Russia. This was reported by Reuters on June 1, citing three people familiar with the situation.

The sale of the Gray Eagles to General Atomics could still be blocked by Congress, sources said. In addition, there is also the risk of changing policy at the last minute, which could derail a plan that has been under review at the Pentagon over the past weeks.

Ukraine is now using several types of short-range UAVs against Russian troops. These include the American reconnaissance RQ-20 Puma AE and the Turkish strike Bayraktar-TB2.

But the MQ-1C is technological leap. It can fly for up to 30 hours or more depending on its mission, collect massive amounts of data for reconnaissance purposes, and carry up to eight AGM-114 Hellfire air-to-surface anti-tank guided missiles.

The sale is significant as it brings to the battlefield for the first time against Russia an advanced reusable American system capable of delivering multiple strikes.

- emphasized in the publication.

The White House intends to notify Congress in the coming days of a possible sale to Ukraine, after which a public announcement is expected. The money will come from the recently launched $40 billion Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, which provides sales funding and staff training.

Moreover, the training provided by General Atomics to work with the MQ-1C usually takes months. But recently, an accelerated training plan for experienced Ukrainian operators and maintenance specialists was proposed, the media concluded.

Note that in the event that the Armed Forces of Ukraine have American MQ-1Cs, Rostov-on-Don, Voronezh, Minsk and other large cities of Russia and Belarus will be within their reach for a strike. We remind you that the United States actively used the "Gray Eagles" in Iraq and Afghanistan.

One such drone costs $8 million, and one mentioned missile costs $65. At the same time, we are talking about four UAV units for a reason - this is a kit (without ammunition) worth $90,9 million, which, in addition to drones, includes a ground control station and a satellite communication system. If the UAV is lost, there is no need to purchase a new control station, it is enough to buy drones.
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  1. Mks7 Offline Mks7
    Mks7 (Maksim) 2 June 2022 21: 56
    Good system. Technology will win this war. Unacceptable damage is caused by a remote defeat of enemy vehicles and equipment. Whoever has a longer-range system and a shorter path from the moment a target is detected to its defeat will win. A good example of this is the most advanced artillery system in the world M109A7, reconnaissance and real-time correction from a satellite and any other surveillance and data collection systems. 100-150 such guns could completely change the course of the company in Ukraine. Perhaps next year we will see their combat work, but the United States will not supply them en masse, probably.
    1. Vamp Offline Vamp
      Vamp (wamp) 3 June 2022 05: 11
      Quote: Mks7
      A good example of this is the most advanced artillery system in the world M109A7

      At the level of Msta-S.
  2. Colonel Kudasov Offline Colonel Kudasov
    Colonel Kudasov (Leopold) 2 June 2022 22: 10
    Things are moving towards nuclear war by leaps and bounds (
    1. Serzh Offline Serzh
      Serzh (Sergey Ilyich) 2 June 2022 22: 59
      Things are going to the impoverishment of an ordinary citizen who is not guilty of anything !!!
  3. Observer2014 Offline Observer2014
    Observer2014 2 June 2022 22: 18
    MQ-1C reach is just the beginning yes nuclear apocalypse request
  4. Vamp Offline Vamp
    Vamp (wamp) 2 June 2022 23: 06
    What can be the reach in the Russian air defense zones!?!
    So we can say that the entire territory of Russia is within the reach of US bombers.
    1. Observer2014 Offline Observer2014
      Observer2014 2 June 2022 23: 20
      What can be the reach in the Russian air defense zones!?!

      -Well, this is what it is.
      And you can only say to your indignation. in unison with my comment above. Yes. In this matter of threat, in the hands of the Russian air defense is the motive to start ... Simply, they will be able to stop the threat. Or they won’t be able to. sad I really don’t want an extra reason for a third world war.
    2. Tourist Offline Tourist
      Tourist (tourist) 2 June 2022 23: 28
      leave these jingoistic slogans already. any, even theoretical, ubiquitous, air defense is passed, the question is in technical means and allocated resources. and in real life, air defense is far from everywhere.
      1. Vamp Offline Vamp
        Vamp (wamp) 3 June 2022 05: 06
        Quote: Tourist
        in real life, air defense is far from everywhere.

        You have it there, maybe not everywhere, but in Russia there is air defense around the entire perimeter and near important objects. It is provided by air defense systems of different ranges and fighter aircraft.
        1. Tourist Offline Tourist
          Tourist (tourist) 3 June 2022 08: 41
          Well, yes, helicopters at the oil depot in Belgorod appeared from a black hole.
        2. zlyden.pisyuhastiy (Sinister Pisyukhasty) 3 June 2022 09: 47
          but the Belgorod region is probably being bombed by invisible Martians. our air defense is not omnipotent - unfortunately
  5. cooper Offline cooper
    cooper (Alexander) 3 June 2022 01: 48
    Fashington must be destroyed.
  6. Yuriy88 Offline Yuriy88
    Yuriy88 (Yuri) 3 June 2022 08: 13
    strange they are some kind of "collective West" .. They think that they will endlessly shove Ukraine into the furnace, while they themselves will simply suffer a little economically, without risking anything ..???? Ukraine is only hands, and the West gives weapons and commands .. At some point, the notion will come that it’s enough to hammer Kharkov, whatever. another Azovstal, but you need Warsaw and Berlin, Washington. That's all there will be a "new technological level" - the level of strategic decisions and weapons .... The battlefield will become different .. Then we'll see, but .. not for long, it's clear why ..
  7. Mikhail Novikov Offline Mikhail Novikov
    Mikhail Novikov (Mikhail Novikov) 3 June 2022 08: 23
    Well, why only Rostov, Voronezh, Minsk? And Kyiv, Lvov, Brussels, Washington, London?
  8. viktor goblin Offline viktor goblin
    viktor goblin (viktor goblin) 3 June 2022 08: 59
    We must admit the obvious: at the "helm" of the country mediocrity. The criminal oligarchy rules the ball.