US drone drones to be deployed for the first time in Estonia

Drones were sent to the Baltic Republic due to the fact that in Poland, where they are usually located, a runway is under construction

VILNIUS, Jun 16 – Sputnik. For the first time in Estonia, American unmanned aerial vehicles MQ-9 Reaper come into service, the press service of the Republican Defense Forces reports.

UAVs of the 52nd expeditionary operational group of the US Air Force will leave for Emari air base and remain there until the end of July.

One of the reasons why unmanned aircraft were sent to Estonia is the construction of the runway at the Miroslavets air base in Poland, where drones are usually located.

Air Force Commander Colonel Rauno Sirk noted that drones are currently a “hot topic” and the introduction of drones in aviation culture is “laying a new foundation.” According to him, the task is to integrate drones into everyday aviation activities.

The MQ-9 Reaper drone drone has been performing missions from its base in Poland since May 2018. Allegedly, the purpose of the operation is to stabilize and strengthen regional security, as well as strengthening relations with NATO allies and other European partners. Previously, drones from the same unit were stationed in Romania.

The MQ-9 Reaper is a multi-purpose remote-controlled unmanned aerial vehicle, mainly used for destroying targets and collecting intelligence.

The Baltic countries actively enter into various types of defense contracts with the United States and use American military equipment, explaining this as “Russian aggression,” and also deploy NATO military contingents on their territories.

Meanwhile, Moscow has repeatedly emphasized that it is not going to attack anyone, and that Western countries use the myth of the “Russian threat” as an excuse to draw more arms and military personnel to Russian borders.

Earlier, against the backdrop of growing military activity by NATO near its borders, the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces proposed the alliance to reduce tensions in Europe – to abandon large exercises near each other, agree on the minimum distance of rapprochement between aircraft and ships, use transponders when flying combat aircraft in the Baltic, however, Russian proposals were “virtually ignored.”