The US RQ-170 Sentinel stealth aircraft was downed, with minimal damage, by the Iranian Army’s electronic warfare unit on Sunday December 4 when flying over the Iranian city of Kashmar, some 140 miles (225km) from the Afghan border.
On December 6, two US officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed that the drone has been part of a CIA reconnaissance mission, involving the United State’s intelligence community stationed in Afghanistan.
Iran’s envoy to the UN, Mohammad Khazaei called on the world body on Thursday to condemn the United States’ violation of Iranian airspace, saying that the drone was flying 250 kilometers inside Iranian territory when it was forced down.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry summoned the Swiss ambassador Livia Leu Agosti, whose embassy serves the US interests in Tehran, on Thursday to convey Iran’s serious protest against violation of its airspace by the US spy drone.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry on Saturday summoned the Afghan envoy to Tehran, Obeidollah Abid, calling for an immediate explanation from the Kabul over the incident.
Also on Saturday, member of the Majlis (parliament) National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Seyyed Hossein Naqavi Hosseini revealed that Iran owns the “ultra-advanced technology” which enables it to decode the captured US drone’s data and documents.
Iran has announced that it intends to carry out reverse engineering on the captured RQ-170 Sentinel stealth aircraft, which is similar in design to a US Air Force B-2 stealth bomber.
The RQ-170 is an unmanned stealth aircraft designed and developed by the Lockheed Martin Company.
The drone is one of America’s most advanced surveillance aircraft. Its loss is considered a major embarrassment for Washington.