A U.S. drone base to control the area from the Black Sea to the Aegean Sea and the entire Mediterranean will appear near the Greek city of Larissa, Parapolitika newspaper reported.
Eight modernized American UAVs MQ-9 Reaper are already deployed at the airfield of the 110th Aviation Fighter Regiment in Greece. The first four were brought to the country and assembled in Larissa, the other four have arrived in ready condition. The Greek Armed Forces have already started negotiations on the purchase of three such UAVs for themselves, the newspaper writes.
The article says the MQ-9 Reapers are capable of operating much longer than the Turkish Bayraktar TB2 can stay in flight. American drones do not carry missiles, but they can be equipped with air-to-ground and air-to-air missiles if necessary.
U.S. drones are capable of spying on the "enemy," transmitting real-time images to operations centers, collecting data, and participating in search and rescue operations.
The U.S. has invested $33.5 million in the Larissa Air Force Base to house technologically advanced platforms and MQ-9 Reaper drones.