They will conduct reconnaissance and surveillance missions in support of NATO operations
The U.S. Air Force has deployed MQ-9 Reaper drones and about 90 service personnel at 71st Air Base Cympia-Turzii in Romania to conduct reconnaissance and surveillance missions in support of NATO operations.
The MQ-9 Reaper drone, equipped with a turboprop engine, is estimated to reach speeds of more than 400 kilometers per hour and stay in the air for up to 24 hours.
“Forward deployment of ready-to-action MQ-9s in this key strategic area will assure our allies and partners that we can respond quickly to any threat that arises, and also demonstrate that to our adversaries,” said Jeff Harrigian, commander of the U.S. Air Force in Europe and Africa.
In addition to reconnaissance and surveillance roles, the MQ-9s will participate in airspace freedom maneuvers and integrate with coalition forces in the region. The aircraft may also participate in exercises aimed at interoperability with allied and partner nations.
Deployment is fully coordinated with the Romanian government. The United States and Romania maintain close military ties as NATO allies and cooperate on numerous regional security issues.
The forward deployment of MQ-9 demonstrates the U.S. commitment to security and stability in Europe; it aims to strengthen relationships between NATO allies and other European partners.