Feb 7, 2013 Comments Off Pat Dollard
Excerpted from The Telegraph: Iranian state television has broadcast footage allegedly extracted from an American CIA drone captured in 2011.
The video aired late on Wednesday shows an aerial view of an airport and a city, said to be Kandahar, Afghanistan.
Iran has long claimed it managed to reverse-engineer the RQ-170 Sentinel and that it’s capable of launching its own production line for the unmanned aircraft.
The footage also showed images purported to be the Sentinel landing at a base in Afghanistan.
The Revolutionary Guard’s airspace chief, General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, said during the airing that only after capturing the drone, Iran realised “it was being used by the CIA, and didn’t belong to the Pentagon.”
Iran claims it “took control of the drone and landed it” but US officials have said it malfunctioned and had to land.