The Air Force has received two new aircraft and a station of the MQ-9B Predator B system for its 233 squadron, thus completing the agreed delivery of these high capacity remote controlled aircraft or RPAS-MALE (Remote Controlled Aircraft Systems-Medium Altitude Long Endurance) . In Spain it was decided to acquire a toothless weaponless condition which perhaps should be checked.
On November 23rd, these two new aircraft, together with a second mobile control station and other devices of the system, reached the Morn Air Force Base (Seville). This batch, like the first, was transported on board a gigantic Antonov An-124, which loaded the containers in the USA in San Bernandino (California).
The main order for four aircraft and two mobile ground stations, which Spain acquired as part of a DGAM (General Directorate Armaments and Materials) program, has thus been completed. The first batch arrived almost a year ago, on December 12, 2019. The SEADA (Second Air Deployment Support Squadron), based in Morn, was responsible for the unloading and transfer to the Talavera Air Force Base. This is where the 23rd wing has its headquarters, which in addition to squadron 223 includes two flight units, squadron 221 and squadron 222, whose F-5Ms are in service with the hunting and attack school.
Arm them or not
When the Department of Defense decided to acquire these RPAS in the middle of the decade now ended, it reported that they would come without weapons. By that time, armed MQ-9Bs were already being used on a large scale by countries like the United States and the United Kingdom to neutralize Islamic terrorists in environments like Central Asia, the Middle East and West Africa, causing ink to be drawn about moral adequacy their commitment flowed. and the collateral losses caused by their actions. The alarm about this remotely controlled attack method has decreased so that it has hardly been exceeded, as in the recent conflict between the Azerbaijani and the Armenians, the armed RPAS of Azerbaijan, including the MALE type of the Ottoman model Bayraktar TB2 with Turkish help or sometimes directly from them they attacked the Armenian troops (small groups of soldiers were shot) and their equipment.
The use of armed RPAS is already an effective defense system, as demonstrated in Azerbaijan. The accident record if the attack resources were the classic ones would be higher for the operator. While this country saved many victims, the brief conflict meant for the Armenians, in addition to major territorial decline, the loss of around 2,500 of its troops, the majority of which were born in this century, which for a country of little more than 3,000,000 inhabitants are a demographic tragedy of great proportions. As a percentage, these deaths correspond to the loss of nearly 40,000 citizens in a war through Spain. (Julio Maz Sanz).
Photo: Download of the control station of the RPAS MQ-9B system. (Photo Army of the Air)
Turkish RPAS Bayraktar TB2
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