Iranian drone shot down by Israel turned out to be a copy of the American
Iranian drone, which was shot down over the territory of Israel, was a copy of the intercepted by Tehran six years ago the American Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel. This was stated by the representative of the army of the Jewish state, Jonathan Conricus, reports CNN.
According to him, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was launched from Syria and invaded Israeli airspace early in the morning on February 10. He was shot down by an Apache combat helicopter, debris fell near the city of Beit She'an. As the Washington Post writes, experts pointed out that they are very similar to Saeqeh, created on the basis of RQ-170.
Conricus explained that the drone was sent to Israel with a specific mission. The army has drawn such a conclusion from the analysis of the route of its movement, but does not disclose other details. The representative of the armed forces added that since the beginning of the civil war in Syria in 2011, this is the first time that an Iranian drone flew into the territory of a Jewish state.
A spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry said that such accusations were "too ridiculous".
In response, the Syrian air defense systems hit several Israeli Air Force planes. One of them - the fighter F-16i - crashed.
Iran announced the interception of the US reconnaissance Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel in December 2011. It was reported that this was done by disabling the operating system. The Iranian copy of the UAV made its first flight three years after that. The device was constructed by the method of reverse engineering.
The Sentinel was used by the CIA for air reconnaissance, including the detection of objects associated with the Iranian nuclear program. The UAV is built using stealth technologies. Washington asked for the return of the intercepted unit, in response Tehran demanded that the US apologize for the invasion of airspace, the Washington Post notes.