New American Global Hawk drones will be brought into NATO's service and will be able to follow the events in Russia at the distance of up to 200 km without crossing the border. This was stated by NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, Norwegian edition of the Verdens Gang reports.
According to him, these drones will allow NATO to get superiority over Russia and China, which do not possess similar technologies, and the only country that has such technology is the United States.
"They will be flying over NATO territory. But they will be able to see what is happening far into our neighboring countries and will provide a much better understanding of what is happening on the other side of the border," Stoltenberg said.
He noted that if such drones were deployed by the Alliance in 2014, they would have been able to obtain more information during the Russian aggression in Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea.
"If we had this capacity in 2014 when Russia used military force in Ukraine and annexed Crimea, it would have given us much more precise information about what was going on," Secretary-General emphasized.
NATO is reported to have purchased five Global Hawks that will be deployed by 2022. Unmanned aerial vehicles are capable of flying without refueling for up to 30 hours at an altitude of 18 km, and their radars will allow getting clear images from the ground within a radius of 200 km.
As we reported earlier, Ukraine and NATO have finally agreed to conduct a joint exercise to protect critical infrastructure in the Black Sea region, Indestructible Sustainability 2020 in Odesa. The press service of the Cabinet of Ministers informed about this.