Iran’s military said it shot down a U.S. Army drone inside its territory near the Afghan and Pakistani borders on Sunday, and threatened to retaliate for the violation, Iranian media reported.
State-run Al-Alam Arabic language satellite channel, quoting a military source in Iran’s joint chiefs of staff, said late Sunday the RQ-170 unmanned aerial vehicle was shot down ”
source warned that Iran’s armed response would “not be limited to our country’s borders” for the “blatant territorial violation.”
No images of the drone said to have been shot down were immediately published by any of the media carrying the reports.
The RQ-170 Sentinel is a high-altitude reconnaissance drone whose existence was revealed in 2009 by specialized reviews and later confirmed by the U.S. Air Force in 2010.
In January, Iran announced that its forces had downed two U.S. drones after they violated Iranian-controlled airspace.
It said it would put the aircraft on display to the public, but there has been no indication it ever did so.
In June, Brigadier General Amir-Ali Hajizadeh, the commander of the Guards’ aerospace unit, said Iran had shown Russian experts the U.S. drones in its possession.