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Air Force moves drones, airmen to base in Romania

Air Force moves drones, airmen to base in Romania
The Reapers will boost surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities in the Black Sea region, where the U.S. has regularly accused Russia of dangerous intercepts of aircraft, and other incidents have caused tensions to flare.

Air Force moves drones, airmen to base in Romania Airmen assigned to the 301st Fighter Wing, Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas, prepare to launch F-16C Fighting Falcons at Campia Turzii, Romania, in May 2019.The Air Force is moving 90 airmen and an unspecified number of MQ-9 Reaper drones to the Cold War-era base, boosting military capabilities in a region where Russia has been flexing its military muscle.AIR FORCE STUTTGART, Germany — The Air Force has moved 90 airmen and an unspecified number of MQ-9 Reaper drones to Campia Turzii Air Base in Romania, boosting military capabilities in a region where allies have expressed concern about Russia’s military might.Air Force fighter jets also have made rotations to Campia Turzii.

5 million to renovate Campia Turzii, in what would be the biggest overseas military construction project under the Pentagon’s European Deterrence Initiative.Campia Turzii currently hosts two squadrons of Romanian-built LanceR-C interceptors, a modernized version of the MiG-21, and two Puma helicopter squadrons.

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