Iran to display US drones it shot down: commander
AFP
15-Jan-2011 (7 comments)

TEHRAN — Iran will put on public display two US Navy drones shot down by its elite Revolutionary Guards, a top Iranian commander said on Saturday.

"The planes that were shot down are among the most modern US navy drones and have a long-range capability," Ali Fadavi, commander of Guards' naval forces, was quoted as saying by Fars news agency.

On January 2, the head of Guards air force said the elite unit had downed two "Western spy" drones. He had not said when the two drones were actually shot down.

"These aircraft are in our possession and at an appropriate time they will be displayed" to the public, Fadavi said, rejecting Western media reports that quoted Washington officials denying the drones were shot down by Iranian forces.
"It is natural that they don't accept or reject such matters. What is certain is that the Revolutionary Guards did this," Fadavi added.

The US navy's Fifth Fleet is based in Bahrain, just across the Persian Gulf from Iran.
Iranian commanders have repeatedly threatened to block navigation through the strategic Strait of Hormuz, which links the Gulf to the Indian Ocean, if the Islamic republic comes under attack.

Forty percent of the world's oil supplies pass through the strait.
The US military and Central Intelligence Agency regularly use drones to launch missile strikes in Afghanistan and in Pakistan's lawless tribal belt, but do not generally conf... >>>

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SargordPirouz

G Rahm, no need

by SargordPirouz on

There are known American UAVs that have wrecked in Iran, the only question being whether they were shot down are crashed due to a malfunction or piloting error. 

Usually the evidence can be suggestive to determine either outcome. 


yolanda

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by yolanda on

I am not sure if IRI is telling the truth.....the shot downed drone looks perfect......no damage and no impact marks....if IRI really shot down the plane, it has to show holes or damaged area......

I wonder if the drone crashed into the Persian gulf itself.......IRI fished it out of the water and claimed to shot down the drone.......

 


G. Rahmanian

Most probably

by G. Rahmanian on

IR has bought the wrecks from Afghanistan or Pakistan!


G. Rahmanian

Most probably

by G. Rahmanian on

IR has bought the wrecks from Afghanistan or Pakistan!


yolanda

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by yolanda on

Thank you, Shifteh Ansari,

     I am ready for the showdown! This article below showed a plane on a flatbed truck......it looks really tiny, like a toy, I guess surveillance plane is usually small and light:

http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/meast/01/02/iran.planes.downed/index.html?hpt=T2

The article said:

Iran's Hajizadeh said that Western forces have made limited aggressions against Iran and that "we have, thus far, shot down a large number of their highly advanced spy planes ... two of these planes have been shot down in the Persian Gulf."

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I am not sure if the guy was exaggerating...he said IRI shot down a large of number of spy planes........we will see.... 

Thank you for posting!


Shifteh Ansari

Yolanda

by Shifteh Ansari on

The trick here is that when Iran first claimed having shut down the two drones, the US said that none of their planes were missing in action, and that this is not a true statement. Last week the IRGC insisted, and today they said they will put them on display. So, we will know who has been bluffing here. Yes, we should stay tuned!


yolanda

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by yolanda on

....the 2 drones could be operated remotely from somewhere in US.

I will stay tuned for the display and Washington's reaction to the display of the downed drones!