The command of the US Air Force in Europe and Africa has redeployed a squadron of reconnaissance strike drones MQ-9 Reaper and about 90 military personnel to the air base in Cimpia-Turzii, Romania.
They will conduct information gathering, surveillance and reconnaissance in support of NATO operations. It is noted that American drones will stay at the base in Romania for a long time, but no exact dates are given.
According to General Jeffrey Harrigian, commander of the U.S. Air Force in Europe and Africa, the deployment of drones reassures allies and partners, and lets adversaries know that any threat can be responded to.
In December, the command of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) announced that the U.S. Air Force’s MQ-9 Reaper strike drones would be engaged in exercises in Ukraine for the first time. Thus, the US drones will test the air defence systems of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the course of the exercise.