Iraninan Air Defenses destroy $200 million American spy drone

The ‘Global Hawk’ spy drone took off from a US military base in south of the Persian Gulf at 19:44 GMT on Wednesday (00:14 am local time on Thursday), switched off all of its communication systems, and flew towards the port city of Chabahar via the Strait of Hormuz in maximum stealth.

When flying back to the western part of the region, the unmanned plane violated the Iranian airspace near the Strait of Hormuz and began to spy on Iran and collect information, the statement added.

The IRGC Aerospace Force’s air defense unit shot down the intruding drone in Iran’s airspace at 23:35 GMT

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IRGC Reveals More Details of Downing US Drone

In its latest statement on Thursday, the IRGC Aerospace Force provided details of the American drone’s mission.

It said the ‘Global Hawk’ spy drone took off from a US military base in south of the Persian Gulf at 19:44 GMT on Wednesday (00:14 am local time on Thursday), switched off all of its communication systems, and flew towards the port city of Chabahar via the Strait of Hormuz in maximum stealth.

When flying back to the western part of the region, the unmanned plane violated the Iranian airspace near the Strait of Hormuz and began to spy on Iran and collect information, the statement added.

The IRGC Aerospace Force’s air defense unit shot down the intruding drone in Iran’s airspace at 23:35 GMT, it noted.

The doomed aircraft, an RQ-4C Global Hawk, is one of the world’s most advanced spy drones that costs more than $200 million to build.

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The intruding drone was reportedly shot by Iran’s homegrown air defense missile system “Khordad-3rd”.

In comments made a few hours after the incident, IRGC Commander Major General Hossein Salami said the shooting down of the US aircraft had a straightforward message that any foreign intrusion into Iran’s sovereign territories would draw a crushing response.

“The downing of the US drone had an explicit, decisive and clear message that defenders of the Islamic Iran’s borders will show decisive and knockout reactions to aggression against this territory by any alien,” he said.

“Borders are our redline, and any enemy violating these borders will not come back,” the commander underlined.

He also made it clear that Iran is not seeking war with any country but is fully prepared for any confrontation. “Today’s incident was a clear sign of such a precise message.”

The general also reminded the enemies that the only way for them to remain safe is to respect Iran’s territorial integrity, national security and vital interests.

Iran Shoots Down Strategic U.S. Drone – Is Ready For War – Puts “Maximum Pressure” On Trump

There is no international airspace in the tightest, northern part of the Straits of Hormuz. There is only the national airspace of Iran and Oman. If what the CentCom map shows is the correct location of the drone, which had come from the south, it was in the mid of a blind alley of international airspace flying towards its end.

The drone was the RQ-4N BAMS-D. The D stands for “development”. It was the U.S. navy owned prototype of the new MQ-4C Triton type of the Global Hawk that is currently built. The RQ-4N was unique. It used an old Global Hawk frame packed with new electronic equipment. It was used as the test bed for the gigantic data hoover that the Triton will be. But it was also a piece of equipment that was hard to maintain and that had served its purpose. The first of the new drones will be delivered this summer. The RQ-4N was arguably expendable.

The Iranian IRGC says that the drone had switched off its transponder shortly after take off. A look at the usual live air traffic sites confirms that the drone was not tracked by the civil aviation systems which monitor transponder signals.

The U.S. airforce, which each day flies reconnaissance missions near potentially hostile countries, always keeps its transponders on. The transponder signal demonstrates that it has no hostile intent. It prevents accidental air defense engagements. It also allows it to prove that it stays outside of foreign national airspace.

The U.S. has threatened Iran with war and regime change for some 40 years. There is currently a crisis caused by Trumps violation of the nuclear deal with Iran. If the CentCom claim is correct the Navy drone flew extremely near to Iran’s border, seconds away from entering it, in a way that Iran had reason to interpret as hostile. Iran released a video that supposedly shows the shoot down.

Iran says that the drone entered Iranian airspace. I find that to be likely correct. CentCom is not known for telling the truth and the list of proven hostile drone entries into Iranian air space is quite long.

Iran: We gave ‘multiple warnings’ before downing drone

As tensions escalate between Iran and the United States over an American drone downed in the Strait of Hormuz, Iranian political and military officials have made statements demonstrating they are not interested in escalating tensions.

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) air force displayed June 21 pieces of the downed US drone it shot down in the Persian Gulf region. Iran claims the drone violated its airspace, but Washington disputes the claim. IRGC air force Cmdr. Amir Ali Hajizadeh walked around the debris displayed on the tables before giving a press conference to Iranian reporters.

Hajizadeh told reporters Iran had also spotted on June 20 a Boeing P-8 Poseidon plane with 35 people onboard along with the downed Global Hawk drone. According to Hajizadeh, “This plane had also violated our airspace and we could have targeted it, but we did not because our goal in shooting down the American drone was to give a warning.” Hajizadeh said that before striking the drone, they had issued a warning 10 minutes in advance. He also said the drone had violated international flight rules.

According to Hajizadeh, the drone took off from Abu Dhabi and passed through the Strait of Hormuz. Hajizadeh asked, “If we had done this across the beaches of Washington, what reaction would they have shown? Would they have allowed us to invade their privacy?”

Amir Ghader Rahimzadeh, deputy commander of Khatam al-Anbia Air Defense Base, also said the United States was given “multiple warnings” before the drone was shot down over Iranian waters, adding that the drone was shot down only after the United States ignored the warnings and violated “international regulations.”

Majid Takht Ravanchi, Iran’s representative to the United Nations, also reiterated claims that Iran had issued multiple warnings that the drone was close to Iranian territory before shooting it down. But he said the warnings were ignored, and once it crossed into Iranian territory and since it was a spy plane, he claimed Iran “had no choice but to shoot it down.”

The current conflict between Iran and the United States began over the Donald Trump administration’s withdrawal in May 2018 from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, an international agreement between Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council. The United States then reimposed international sanctions on Iran. In response, Iran has announced it will reduce their commitments unless Germany, the United Kingdom and France keep the deal alive by securing financial transactions. The United States has also accused Iran of multiple attacks on tankers in the Persian Gulf, which Iran has denied.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif spoke about Iran’s upcoming nuclear steps in response to the US withdrawal at a press conference in Esfahan. He said Iran would take the “second step” on July 7. On June 17, Iran announced that by June 27 they would surpass the 300-kilogram, low-enriched uranium cap that was agreed upon under the nuclear accord. Iran is waiting for the three European countries to begin implementing INSTEX — the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges — to facilitate trade between the nations. The European countries, however, must walk a tightrope of abiding by US sanctions while making sure the deal stays alive by keeping financial transactions with Iran open.

Global Hawk shootdown validates Iran’s indigenous SAM capabilities

  • The US has confirmed Iran’s claim it shot down a Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at a range of about 70 km
  • Iran credited a 3 Khordad, one of several new indigenous surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems, with the shootdown

The shooting down of a US Navy RQ-4A Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle on 20 June appears to have confirmed that Iran has developed highly capable surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems in recent years.

The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) announced the incident, saying the Global Hawk was shot down near Kuh Mubarak on Iran’s Gulf of Oman coast after it entered Iranian territory without identifying itself. It released a video purportedly showing the engagement, with a 3 Khordad self-propelled SAM system launching a missile at night.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif tweeted co-ordinates for the location of the UAV when it was shot down that put it inside Iranian territorial airspace over the Gulf of Oman.

The US military’s Central Command (CENTCOM) confirmed Iran shot down an RQ-4A but stressed that the UAV never entered Iranian airspace. It supported this assertion by releasing an image apparently taken by the UAV of the incoming missile that showed it was located in international airspace at an altitude of 22,209 ft (6,769 m) over the Gulf of Oman immediately before it was hit.

A map released by CENTCOM provided the approximate location of the SAM launch on the Iranian coast some 70 km away.

There are no fixed SAM sites within range of the shootdown location, lending credence to the claim that a mobile system like the 3 Khordad was used in the engagement.

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