Tehran. Iran’s Revolution Guards Crops (IRGC) says it has shot down a US spy drone flying over the southern parts of the country.
The IRGC Aerospace Force said in a statement that it shot down the Global Hawk drone on early Thursday as it breached Iranian airspace over the Hormuzgan coastal province.
The US first denied the report but Pentagon officials later on confirmed it to the media.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, a US official said Thursday that A US military drone has indeed been shot down in international airspace over the Strait of
Hormuz by an Iranian surface-to-air missile.
The official said the drone was a US Navy MQ-4C Triton (a Global Hawk variant). No further details were immediately available, including the time of the shoot-down.
The aircraft’s manufacturer, Northrop Grumman, says on its website that the Triton can fly for over 24 hours at a time, at altitudes higher than 10 miles, with an operational
range of 8,200 nautical miles.