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Unknown drones spotted over airbase in Romania, EW systems shot down them

Unknown drones spotted over airbase in Romania, EW systems shot down them Drones were spotted near an airbase in Romania (photo:

Several unidentified drones were spotted overnight from April 15 to April 16 by servicemen of the 57th Air Base named after Mihail Kogalniceanu in Romania, according to Radio Svoboda.

General Konstantin Spinu stated that the drones were blocked by electronic means, as they posed a risk to flights at the military base.

Security service employees of the 57th Air Base named after Mihail Kogălniceanu promptly reported the presence of drones in the air in the area of the Mihail Kogălniceanu International Airport.

The drones, observed using electronic, optical, and visual means, were small in size, most likely of a commercial type, and flew at low speeds and altitudes.

"According to regulations, all measures were taken to ensure safety in the airspace, and the relevant civil aviation authorities were promptly informed of the situation. Electronic warfare measures were also repeatedly applied, and radio and visual contact with the last two systems were lost around 00:30," the Romanian Air Force press service said.

The command of the 57th Mihail Kogălniceanu Air Base reported to the Military Prosecutor's Office about the measures taken in such situations, as required by law. A commission headed by the chief of staff of the 57th Air Base has also been appointed to investigate the incident.

Earlier, it became known that work had begun to expand the military complex of the Romanian Air Force's 57th Mihail Kogălniceanu Air Base. The largest NATO military base in Europe could be established by 2040.

It was also reported that in April, Romania started its largest multinational exercises, organized by the Romanian Navy under the name Sea Shield. More than 2,200 servicemen and 135 ships, aircraft, and vehicles from 12 allied and partner countries are participating.