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US drone shot down by Iran unveiled on TV

(Xinhua)

08:18, December 09, 2011

An undated picture received Dec 8, 2011 shows a US RQ-170 unmanned spy plane displayed in front of a flag with Persian script that reads "Down with the US (top), down with Israel and down with Britain (bottom)" at an unknown location in Iran. The unmanned US drone Iran said on Sunday it had captured was programmed to automatically return to base even if its data link was lost, one key reason that US officials say the drone likely malfunctioned and was not downed by Iranian electronic warfare. (Photo/Agencies)

TEHRAN - Iranian state TV on Thursday showed the footage of a US drone shot down by Iranian troops in the eastern region four days ago.

The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps' (IRGC) Aerospace Commander Brigadier General Amir-Ali Hajizadeh said in the report shown by IRIB TV station that "recently, with the help of collected intelligence and with the accurate electronic monitoring, it was learned that the drone was to enter Iran's air space for spying."

"After the drone infiltrated Iran's eastern space, it was trapped by the electronic systems of Iran's armed forces and was downed with the least damage possible," Hajizadeh said.

Iranian media reported Sunday that the Iranian military downed a RQ-170 US reconnaissance drone aircraft in the eastern part of the country after finding it had transgressed the eastern borders.

The RQ-170 drone is an unmanned aircraft which has been used for reconnaissance and surveillance by the United States in Afghanistan.

Describing the hi-tech specifications of the downed aircraft, the IRGC's aerospace commander said Thursday that the military experts are well aware that the drone has very invaluable technological data.

The drone, the technology of which has been used in B2 and F35 planes too, is equipped with highly advanced surveillance technology and electronic communication and radar systems, Hajizadeh said, adding that the drone is controlled both by satellite and stations based in Afghanistan and the Untied States.

Despite the Iranian claims, US officials denied that the drone was brought down by Iran, insisting that its fall was due to mechanical difficulties, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The US officials were quoted as saying on Wednesday that the United States had considered but finally given up a covert mission inside Iran to retrieve or destroy a stealth drone crashed last week, for fear that such actions could provoke explosive clashes with Iran.

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PD User at 2011-12-1171.212.69.*
General Ruskinov is a realist. Having enough force to deal with others with aggressive intent is a must.Being strong yourself does not mean you will be belligerent to others. It means that you mean business and can back it up with muscles.
PD User at 2011-12-1171.212.69.*
General Ruskinov is a realist. Having enough force to deal with others with aggressive intent is a must.Being strong yourself does not mean you will be belligerent to others. It means that you mean business and can back it up with muscles.
PD User at 2011-12-11124.148.150.*
The Pom has a famous saying, that "If you want peace, prepare for war"In the process of preparing for war, your nation develop a strong defensive and offensive capability which makes those who would want to make trouble, think twice and hard.
General Ruskinov From Ru at 2011-12-11136.167.44.*
Look, China has every right to develop both it"s defensive and offensive capability. China did not conduct naval exercise in America"s front door, off the coast of California. US had conducted more than dozens naval exercises around China, Yellow Sea, South China Sea just name a few. Further, US spy jets fly near and sometimes inside China on almost bi-weekly basis. And CIA"s Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) have entered China air space for more than 100 times this year alone.China must confront US aggression immediately. China must enhance the accuracy, mobile launching platforms and destructive power of it"s relatively small ICBM force. Remember: the Best Factor to secure peace is force, an overwhelming military force can strike anywhere of United States.
  

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