The US RQ-170 Spy drone penetrated more than 150 miles into Iranian territory, according to the Iranian State Television Website. According to the website, a letter to the UN has protested the violation of Iranian air space for 250 km (approximately 155 miles) before confronting the reaction of Iran’s Armed Forces.
While the U.S. has admitted that the drone was the one that it had lost, it has stated that the drone was deployed along the Afghan/Pakistan border and that it had lost control of it. If Teheran’s statement is true, an explanation is required how the drone ventured that far without being controlled by an operator.
Brigadier General Amir-Ali Hajizadeh, the commander of the aerospace unit said that the drone had been taken down by a cyber attack.
“It fell into the trap of (the Guards) electronic warfare unit who then managed to land it with minimum damage.”
According to Fars News Agency, a hardline MP, Mohammad Kossari, gave a stern warning should there further violations.
“Iran will target all U.S. military bases around the world.”
The story has changed since Iran’s initial announcement. On December 4th Iran reported that the drone had been shot down by Iranian Armed Forces after making an incursion into Iranian airspace along the Afghan/Pakistan border.
Tensions between Teheran and Washington have heightened over Iran’s nuclear program. There is also speculation that Israel is mulling an airstrike against Iran’s nuclear facilities, with or without U.S. backing.
GOP Presidential candidates have criticized the Obama Administration for being too soft on Iran. Obama has claimed that the sanctions are working.
251 of the drones have been manufactured by Lockheed-Martin at a cost of $6 Million.
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