Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Tehran claims capture of US spy drone in Iranian airspace

Tehran has claimed it captured a US spy drone in the Persian Gulf after the unmanned aircraft entered Iranian airspace, Iran’s Press TV reported. The drone was identified as a US-made ScanEagle.

The drone was allegedly gathering intelligence on Iran, and was detected after flying over the Persian Gulf for the past two days.

The Islamic Revolution Guard Corps Navy captured the drone after the aircraft violated Iranian airspace, naval chief Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi said.

"Such drones are usually sent [on a] mission from large warships," Fadavi told Fars news agency.
The ScanEagle is manufactured by Boeing, and is four feet long with a 10-foot (3-meter) wingspan.