‘Successful’ test flight of replica US drone by Iran

Updated 10 November 2014

‘Successful’ test flight of replica US drone by Iran

TEHRAN: Iran said Monday that a copy of an American drone downed over its territory in 2011 had successfully completed its first test flight, promising to release footage of the experiment.
Tehran captured the US RQ-170 Sentinel in December 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.
Iran said it had taken control of the ultra hi-tech drone and forced it down in the desert where it was recovered nearly intact.
Washington says the drone crashed after experiencing a technical glitch.
In May, a military official said Iranian engineers had successfully built a replica of the American drone and that it would soon take a test flight.
Images broadcast by state television at the time appeared to show two near-identical drones.
“As promised, we have conducted the flight and a film of it will be broadcast shortly,” General Amir-Ali Hadjizadeh, commander of the Revolutionary Guards air wing, was quoted as saying by the corps’ own website.
Apart from a fast-moving ballistic weapons program, Iran has been producing drones since 2010 which the defense ministry says are capable of firing missiles with a range of 1,000 kilometers (more than 600 miles).
Tehran says its weapons programs are purely for defensive purposes, but the United States whose Fifth Fleet is based in Bahrain across the Gulf has often voiced concerns.


Three Palestinians killed by Israeli soldiers at Gaza border: ministry

Updated 6 min 29 sec ago

Three Palestinians killed by Israeli soldiers at Gaza border: ministry

  • Attack helicopter and tank had fired at ‘armed suspects’ along the barrier that separates Israel from the Gaza Strip
GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories: Three Palestinians were killed by Israeli soldiers in the northern Gaza Strip, the Palestinian healthy ministry said Sunday.
The Israeli army earlier said an attack helicopter and tank had fired at “armed suspects” along the barrier that separates Israel from the Gaza Strip.