‘Successful’ test flight of replica US drone by Iran

Updated 10 November 2014
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‘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.


Iran will not wage war against any nation: Iranian president Hassan Rouhani

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Iran will not wage war against any nation: Iranian president Hassan Rouhani

  • Fears of a confrontation between Iran and the United States have mounted
  • ‘Those facing us are a group of politicians with little experience’

GENEVA: Iran will not wage war against any nation, President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday, a day after the United States announced the deployment of more troops to the Middle East amid rising tensions between Tehran and Washington.

Fears of a confrontation between Iran and the United States have mounted since attacks on two oil tankers at the entrance to the Gulf on Thursday, which Washington has blamed on Tehran.

“Iran will not wage war against any nation,” Rouhani said in a speech broadcast live on state TV. “Those facing us are a group of politicians with little experience.”

He added, “Despite all of the Americans’ efforts in the region and their desire to cut off our ties with all of the world and their desire to keep Iran secluded, they have been unsuccessful.”

Acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan announced on Monday the deployment of about 1,000 more troops to the Middle East for what he said were defensive purposes citing concerns about a threat from Iran.