Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Iran claims it 'captured' US drone in its airspace

The Iran - US row over the fate of the 'captured' drone by Iran intensifies as one site claims of capturing it while the other says its inventory has been fully checked and there are no deficiencies.

Scan Eagle US Drone
The recent Iranian claim to 'capture' a US drone over its territorial waters is being negated by the US the same way an earlier drone shootout was, but later admitted by the USA. In the latest development, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards said on its website that the Scan Eagle drone had been flying over the Gulf for a few days and was "captured" when it strayed into Iranian airspace.

The Scan Eagle is a 1.25m-long "off the shelf" spy plane manufactured by Boeing.

The Revolutionary Guards statement did not specify when or where the drone was caught, or whether it was shot down or crashed. But it released what it said was a video of an apparently undamaged Scan Eagle being examined by uniformed officers beneath a sign reading in English: "We shall trample on the US.''


However, the US forces spokesman denies the charges and claims: "The US Navy has fully accounted for all unmanned air vehicles operating in the Middle East region. Our operations in the Gulf are confined to internationally recognized water and air space."

The incident however has highlighted tensions in the Gulf which may have serious ramification on the sea activities of the 40% of the world oil cargo in the Persian Gulf.

via Times Live
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