Iranian Drone, Replica Of U.S. Reconnaissance Drone Launched Its First Flight
Nov 10, 2014 10:10 PM EST | By Staff Reporter
Iranian Drone- On Monday, an Iranian drone, a replica of U.S. reconnaissance drone captured in 2011has successfully passed its first flight.
Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, Head of the Aerospace Division of the Elite Revolutionary Guard, stated that they have test flight a U.S. version of the RQ-170 and a video will be seen soon. Earlier Iran has announced a replica of the RQ-170 will be soon flying in the second half of the year.
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has also conveyed his positive comment on the first flight of the Iranian drone. He can't contain his emotions telling the day was "sweet and unforgettable" and this is a great accomplishment for the Iranians.
Iranian drone was copied from the RQ-170 captured three years earlier when it entered the Iranian airspace from Afghanistan. The replica of the U.S. drone was shown in August even the United States claimed that no important data and anti-vessel missiles could be extracted from it.
Iran has also claimed that they have seized numbers of U.S. drones in the past years. HAARETZ reported that Boeing-designed ScanEagle drone is in Iran's custody and was captured during its flight over the Iranian airspace.
Iran declared that they are also planning to make an Iranian drone copied from the ScanEagle. Meanwhile, a replica of Israel drone, an advanced missile defense system is also considered by the Iranians.
Iran has started seizing U.S drones following allegations that the United States is spying over Iran's nuclear program.
U.S. and other nations believed Iran has been covering nuclear weapons such as the construction of Iranian drones and other deadly weapons. However, Iran has denied the allegations and confirmed that they were using civilians in the program only for power generation and medical projects.
Iran and U.S is presently under negotiations where Iran will stop its nuclear programs in return for an aid from its weak international sanctions.
FP reported that at present, U.S. and Iran are working on some kind of settlement aimed at weakening the Islamic militant group in Syria and Iraq. President Barack Obama reportedly wrote to Iran supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei stating that they are battling with a common enemy.
The White House has not confirmed any collaboration with Iran. White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters that U.S. will not work together militarily or share intelligence with Iran.
More Iranian drones are expected to be seen since the country has gained military independence in 1992.
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