US sends ballistic missile detection aircraft to the Persian Gulf
A U.S. Air Force RC-135S Cobra Ball reconnaissance aircraft, that specializes in surveilling and collecting data on ballistic missiles, was reportedly sent to the Persian Gulf.
“USAF RC-135S Cobra Ball a measurement and signature intelligence MASINT collector equipped with special electro-optical instruments designed to observe ballistic missile flights at long range 61-2662 PYTHN77 over Persian Gulf,” an aviation enthusiast tweeted yesterday.
The Cobra Ball’s sent to the Persian Gulf comes amid escalating tensions in the region, with Tehran raising its enrichment of uranium beyond the limit set by its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers and downing an American military drone.
That last incident brought the US within 10 minutes of launching warplanes and dropping bombs on Iran.
In the past two months, America has rushed to the Mideast thousands of troops, an aircraft carrier, nuclear-capable B-52 bombers, Patriot missile batteries and its most advanced fighter jets, the F-22 Raptor, following oil tanker attacks near the Strait of Hormuz and several other attacks by Iranian-backed terrorists in Yemen on Saudi Arabia.