The RQ-4B Global Hawk reconnaissance aircraft performs a reconnaissance mission near the airspace of Russia


The US Air Force’s RQ-4B Global Hawk strategic unmanned reconnaissance aircraft spent a few hours flying near the western airspace of Russia and Belarus on Saturday, Interfax reported.

The agency reported that the plane took off from the Sigonella air base on the Italian island of Sicily, and initially flew along the borders of the Pskov and Leningrad regions, where it was in the airspace of Latvia and Estonia, and then flew north of the Kaliningrad region in the Lithuanian sky for more than seven hours.

The aircraft also flew along the western border of Belarus, and for several hours conducted patrols in the northwest of the country in Lithuanian and Latvian airspace.

The Global Hawk, which has a wingspan of about 40 meters, can carry out 30-hour patrols at an altitude of up to 18,000 metres.


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