Iran's New Attack Drone is Replica of US Drone Shot Down in 2011

Posted: Oct 04, 2016 12:30 PM

While Hillary Clinton was overseeing the overthrow of Muammar Guddafi in Libya in 2011, a U.S. RQ-170 drone used by the Central Intelligence Agency was shot down and captured by Iran's Revolutionary Guard.  The footage was broadcast on state media and no action was taken by the United States to recover the aircraft.  

And now, Iran has built a new attack drone which is a replica of the RQ-170 drone shot down five years ago.  

The Tasnim news agency says the "Saegheh" (Thunderbolt) drone is similar to the RQ-170 Sentinel spy drone. Iran's state-run Press TV says the long-range drone can carry four precision-guided bombs.   They also claims to have captured three American ScanEagle drones.

Iran said last year that it had successfully tested its replica of the RQ-170.

Also on Saturday, Tasnim published photos of what it said was a U.S.-made MQ-1C drone captured recently by the Guard.