January 5 According to a report by Russian Satellite Network, the U.S. Air Force Command in Europe and Africa released a message that the U.S. Air Force has deployed MQ-9 “Reaper” reconnaissance attack drones and about 90 soldiers at the air base in Turzi, Kenya, Romania.
“The U.S. Air Force has deployed the MQ-9 ‘Death’ aircraft and approximately 90 Air Force personnel to Air Force Base 71, Kenyaturzi, Romania, to carry out intelligence gathering, surveillance and reconnaissance in support of NATO operations,” the news posted on the Command’s website.
The U.S. military pointed out that the drones and soldiers would be deployed “for a long time”, but did not specify the specific deadline.
General Jeffrey Harrigan, the commander of the U.S. Air Force in Europe and Africa, said that deploying drones at this strategic location “reassures allies and partners” while also “showing to the enemy that any emerging threat will be countered back.”
The U.S. military added that the deployment of drones and military personnel has been agreed by the Romanian authorities, which shows that the United States is committed to security and stability in Europe and aims to strengthen relations with NATO allies and other European partners.
It is reported that the MQ-9 “Death” drone is equipped with a turboprop engine, with a speed of more than 400 kilometers per hour and a maximum endurance of 24 hours.