Iran shoots down spy drone

In December 2011, Iran downed a US RQ-170 Sentinel stealth aircraft (shown) with minimal damage.

Tehran (AFP) Iran has shot down an intruding unmanned aerial vehicle in the west of the country, military officials said.

Lieutenant colonel Farzad Fereydouni, a commander of the air defense unit in the western province of Kermanshah, said Saturday that the drone was on a spying mission and was shot down.

The aircraft was spotted by the Iranian domestically-manufactured systems, Fereidouni stated, adding that the country’s air defense missile systems brought down the reconnaissance drone.

Official, however, did not provide further details as to the place where the drone came from or its mission and destination. 

Iran has also in the past brought down a number of aircraft that have violated its airspace.

In October 2014, Iranian Guards had intercepted and shot down an Israeli spy drone with a surface-to-air missile. The Israeli-made Hermes drone was heading to Natanz nuclear facility in the central Iranian province of Isfahan.

Guards also captured a US ScanEagle drone over the Persian Gulf waters upon its intrusion into the Iranian airspace in December 2012.

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.

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