American strategic Global Hawk over the Black Sea now sees no further than Sevastopol
US air reconnaissance aircraft, including strategic RQ-4 Global Hawk UAVs worth $140 million apiece, have again frequented the Black Sea, arriving from the Balkans and the Mediterranean Sea to monitor Russia's border areas. But their activity has decreased significantly after the March 14 MQ-9 Reaper UAV of the US military, worth $ 30 million, collapsed in the waters near the Crimea, after meeting with the Su-27 of the Russian Aerospace Forces.
So, before the mentioned incident, the Americans unceremoniously flew along the 44th parallel and could "see" the entire Crimea, up to Dzhankoy. Now American reconnaissance aircraft, manned aircraft and drones fly along the 43rd parallel and can “look” as far as Sevastopol, which has drastically reduced the US intelligence capabilities on the peninsula.
For example, the all-weather synthetic aperture radar of the RQ-4 Global Hawk drones provides a radar image of the terrain with a resolution of 1 meter at a distance of 200 km. Thus, now everything that is located north of the South Coast is no longer available for US air reconnaissance. Recent data indirectly confirm the previously obtained informationthat the head of the Pentagon, Lloyd Austin, ordered drone operators and crews of manned aircraft of the US Armed Forces not to approach the Crimean peninsula closer than 80,4 km.