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US Drone Intercepted in Black Sea Confirmed on Spy Mission

An MQ-9 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was intercepted by a Russian fighter jet above the Black Sea. On Tuesday, Pentagon Press Secretary Patrick Ryder confirmed that the drone was on an intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) mission.

Model MQ-9 unmanned aerial vehicle
Model MQ-9 unmanned aerial vehicle

US State Department Raises Concerns with Russia

Pentagon officials have not directly spoken with Russian authorities about the incident, but the State Department is raising concerns with the Russian government. According to the spokesman, the UAV was conducting its ISR mission at the time of the incident.

Pentagon Withholds Information on Drone's Armament

When questioned about the drone's armament status, Ryder refused to provide specific details, stating that the MQ-9 can be armed but not confirming whether this particular aircraft was.