Iran Claims to Have Copied U.S. Drone

Posted May 13, 2014 at 5:00am

Defense News reports that “Iran said Sunday it has succeeded in copying a US drone it captured in December 2011, with state television broadcasting images apparently showing the replicated aircraft.”  

“Tehran captured the US RQ-170 Sentinel in 2011 while it was in its airspace, apparently on a mission to spy on the country’s nuclear sites, media in the United States reported.”  

“’Our engineers succeeded in breaking the drone’s secrets and copying them. It will soon take a test flight,’ an officer said in the footage.”  

“The broadcast showed supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s visit to an exhibition organized by the powerful Revolutionary Guard’s air wing about Iran’s military advances, particularly regarding ballistic missiles and drones.”  

“Footage showed two nearly identical drones.”