Iran claims capture of another US drone

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  1. chakshush.arya

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    TEHRAN: Iran's state TV said on Tuesday that the country's Revolutionary Guard has captured a US drone after it entered Iranian airspace over the Persian Gulf.

    The report quoted the Guard's navy chief, Gen. Ali Fadavi, as saying that the Iranian forces caught the "intruding" drone, which had apparently taken off from a US aircraft carrier.

    Fadavi said the unmanned Scan Eagle aircraft was now in Iran's possession.

    "The US drone, which was conducting a reconnaissance flight and gathering data over the Persian Gulf in the past few days, was captured by the Guard's navy air defense unit as soon as it entered Iranian airspace," Fadavi said. "Such drones usually take off from large warships."

    He didn't provide any further details nor said when the incident happened. There was no immediate comment from the US Navy's 5th Fleet, based in Bahrain.

    If true, the seizure of the drone would be the third reported incident involving Iran and US drones in the past two years.

    Last month, Iran claimed that a US drone had violated its airspace. Pentagon said the unmanned aircraft came under fire — at least twice but was not hit — and that the Predator was over international waters.

    The Nov. 1 shooting in the Gulf was unprecedented, and further escalated tensions between the United States and Iran, which is under international sanctions over its suspect nuclear program. Tehran denies it's pursuing a nuclear weapon and insists its program is for peaceful purposes only.

    In 2011, Iran claimed it brought down a CIA spy drone after it entered Iranian airspace from its eastern borders with Afghanistan and Pakistan. The RQ-170 Sentinel drone, which is equipped with stealth technology, was captured almost intact. Tehran later said it recovered data from the top-secret drone.

    In the case of the Sentinel, after initially saying only that a drone had been lost near the Afghan-Iran border, American officials eventually confirmed the plane was monitoring Iran's military and nuclear facilities. Washington asked for it back but Iran refused, and instead released photos of Iranian officials studying the aircraft.

    The US and its allies believe Iran is pursuing a nuclear weapon. Iran denies the charge, saying its nuclear activities are for peaceful purposes only, such as power generation and cancer treatment.
     
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    Iran captures intruding US drone over Persian Gulf waters


    The Revolutionary Guards said they had brought down a ScanEagle aircraft - one of the smaller, less sophisticated drones employed by the Americans.


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    The ScanEagle is manufactured by Boeing Co. According to the firm's website, the drone is four feet long and has a 10-foot (three-meter) wingspan.


    Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi, quoted by the Fars news agency, said the drone had conducted several reconnaissance flights over the Gulf in recent days before being caught.

    There has been no comment from the US.

    The ScanEagle drone is a low-cost, long-endurance aircraft built by Insitu, a subsidiary of Boeing.

    Rear Adm Fadavi said that "such drones are usually launched from large warships".

    The Revolutionary Guards are an elite unit of the Iranian military which operate their own naval forces.


    BBC News - Iranian TV shows off 'captured US ScanEagle drone'
     
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    Iran captures intruding US drone over Persian Gulf waters


    The Revolutionary Guards said they had brought down a ScanEagle aircraft - one of the smaller, less sophisticated drones employed by the Americans.


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    The ScanEagle is manufactured by Boeing Co. According to the firm's website, the drone is four feet long and has a 10-foot (three-meter) wingspan.


    Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi, quoted by the Fars news agency, said the drone had conducted several reconnaissance flights over the Gulf in recent days before being caught.

    There has been no comment from the US.

    The ScanEagle drone is a low-cost, long-endurance aircraft built by Insitu, a subsidiary of Boeing.

    Rear Adm Fadavi said that "such drones are usually launched from large warships".

    The Revolutionary Guards are an elite unit of the Iranian military which operate their own naval forces.


    BBC News - Iranian TV shows off 'captured US ScanEagle drone'
     
  5. W.G.Ewald

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    Lots more drones where that one came from, Admiral. Too bad you didn't get this one on the first pass.:)
     
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    Scan Eagle

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    I must say it's a tremendous accomplishment for Iran...:rolleyes: I wonder though how many Scan Eagle sorties there are in any given day...
     
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    Coast Guard to Test ScanEagle Drone for Ship-Based Operations - Blog

     
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    Pakistan also has the scaneagle.
     
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    ^^
    It's a disposable drone. Has the technology of a BIC lighter.
     
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    Press TV is utter trash. I will believe it when i see some neutral sources.
     

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