Russia Claims To Have Intercepted US Drone Over Crimea

May 09, 2015

Disclaimer: This list is NOT all inclusive. US Special Operations have dozens of firearms at their disposal. This list is just a sampling and is arranged in NO particular order.

     FN SCAR

The Special Operations Forces Combat Assault Rifle (SCAR) is a modular rifle made by FN Herstal (FNH) for the United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM) to satisfy the requirements of the SCAR competition. This family of rifles consist of two main types. The SCAR-L, for "light", is chambered in the 5.56×45mm NATO cartridge and the SCAR-H, for "heavy", fires 7.62×51mm NATO. Both are available in Long Barrel and Close Quarters Combat variants.

10 Guns of the Special Forces

10 Guns of the Special Forces

10 Guns of the Special Forces

Pictured Above: FN MK 20 MOD 0 Sniper Support Rifle (SSR)
  • 5.56×45mm NATO(SCAR-L)
  • 7.62×51mm NATO(SCAR-H)
Action Gas-operated (short-stroke gas piston), rotating bolt
Rate of fire 625 rounds/min
Muzzle velocity
  • SCAR-L: 2,870 ft/s (870 m/s) (M855)
  • SCAR-L: 2,630 ft/s (800 m/s) (Mk 262)
  • SCAR-H: 2,342 ft/s (714 m/s) (M80)
Effective firing range
  • SCAR-L: 300 m (330 yd) (Short), 500 m (550 yd) (Standard), 600 m (660 yd) (Long)
  • SCAR-H: 300 m (330 yd) (Short), 600 m (660 yd) (Standard), 800 m (870 yd) (Long)
Feed system
  • SCAR-L: STANAG box magazine
  • SCAR-H/SSR: 20-round box magazine
Sights Iron sights or various optics



  Words by Wes O'Donnell

Rostec, a state-owned Russian arms and technology company, have stated that U.S. scout-attack MQ-5B surveillance drone performing reconnaissance over Crimea was brought after being electronically hacked through the use of technology which they developed.  They claim that while the drone was flying in Crimean airspace it was electronically disabled and fell to the ground as a result.   The condition of the drone was incredibly good considering the circumstances.

Voice of Russia, a state-owned news operation which is a division of Interfax, a Russian non-governmental news agency, claims that “electronic warfare” was responsible for bringing down the drone which is now in possession of the Russian military. 

It appears that the 66th US Reconnaissance Brigade based in Bavaria were the operators of the drone according to the identification number.

It is still uncertain whether the drone was shot down by the Russians or whether they are in possession of the drone.  No evidence has been uncovered as of yet to validate this claim.  Once an image appears more information will be available.  This is not the first time an American drone has been intercepted.  Iran has stated they have made several interceptions in the past.  The fact that the U.S. was performing surveillance over Crimea is not a shocking revelation that would be of any surprise given recent events.