Iranian Army warns off US radar-evading spy drone
Iranian Army’s Air Defense Base has reportedly warned off a US radar-evading unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) which had sought to intrude on Iranian airspace.
The US spy drone had sought to cross into Iran through the eastern border from neighboring Afghanistan, Tasnim News Agency reported on Monday.
However, it was immediately detected and forced to leave the area after a “timely and stern” warning by the Air Defense Base.
The drone had taken off from a base in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar and had come to within 20 miles of the Iranian border.
After the identification of the drone, the monitoring and missile systems of the air defense base were put on alert.
In December 2012, Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) captured a US ScanEagle drone over the Persian Gulf waters upon its intrusion into the Iranian airspace.
In the same month the previous year, Iran downed a US RQ-170 Sentinel stealth aircraft with minimal damage. The drone was flying over the Iranian city of Kashmar, near the Afghan border, when it was brought down.