A bipartisan group of 16 US senators demanded on Tuesday (11.22.2022) the Joe Biden government to reconsider Ukraine’s request to receive unmanned aircraft (drones) of the MQ-1C Gray Eagle type to fight against Russia, and asked the Pentagon to explain why you have not gone ahead with the operation.
The Biden administration has so far rejected requests to send MQ-1C Gray Eagle drones to Ukraine, which operate at an altitude of 29,000 feet. It is estimated that its management would represent a technological leap for Ukraine in its fight against the Russian invasion.
The rejection had been based on Pentagon concerns that the drones could be shot down, that they were not essential to Ukraine’s war operations and that they could escalate the conflict, although this has not been officially confirmed.
Ukraine has made numerous requests to the United States for the powerful drones, hoping Washington will change its position as Russia increasingly resorts to kamikaze drones and attacks on civilian infrastructure.
The senators, including Republican Joni Ernst and Democrat Joe Manchin, both from the Senate Armed Services Committee, expressed concern over Washington’s opposition to the request in a letter to the Pentagon, noting that the provision of the armable drone “requires careful reconsideration.”
The senators gave Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin until November 30 to explain why the Pentagon believes the drone is not appropriate for the fight in Ukraine and what its concerns are regarding technology transfer.
gs (reuters, efe)