On March 14th, an incident occurred over the Black Sea in which a Russian SU-27 fighter jet downed an American MQ-9 Reaper drone over the Black Sea. The downing took place after the Russian pilot purposely released its fuel over the drone, forcing it down into international waters.

Through back channels, both Pentagon and Russian Ministry of Defense officials discussed the downing, and both plan on sending reconnaissance units to recover the remains. Washington has since scrubbed the drone of sensitive material but still plans to recover it.

Who will get to our drone first? Video courtesy of YouTube and CRUX.