Only hours after Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) began a three-day military exercise called "Great Prophet 8" in the east, the official Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported on Saturday that IRGC's electronic warfare system had successfully identified and brought down a foreign surveillance drone near the town of Sirjan.
The IRNA, however, did not given any details on who the drone belonged to but it quoted war games spokesman General Hamid Sarkheli as saying, "We have managed to bring down a drone of the enemy. This has happened before in our country."
Sarkheli, appeared to confirm capturing the two miniature US-made surveillance drones, including a Scan Eagle drone, which is less sophisticated than the RQ-170 Sentinel stealth aircraft. That aircraft was reported lost by US forces in Afghanistan in December 2011.
As of this posting, Iran has not released any photos of the drone.
On the other hand, a Pentagon spokesman said he had seen the reports. He noted that the Iranians did not specifically claim that the drone was American, Reuters News Agency reported.
Previously, Iran had claimed that its experts had extracted top-secret data and high-tech secrets from the Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel drone.
In order to prove its success in understanding the techniques of the US RQ-170 Sentinel drone, the Mehr News Agency quoted Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the IRGC’s aerospace division, as saying: "After Iranian experts decrypted the data, we realized that this aircraft had made a lot of flights inside regional countries and was directing much fighting in Pakistan."
Two weeks ago, Iranian state TV aired images it said showed an aerial view of an airport and a city, thought to be Kandahar in Afghanistan, as well as a US base inside Afghanistan.
It seems that Iran has become very skilled in dealing with foreign drones, which are constantly in its airspace to monitor and control the Iranian nuclear reactors.
For sure America follows Iranian military exercises, and perhaps Israel does too. However, what attracts our attention is that Iran continues to defy the world and despite sanctions, it has not made any compromise in its nuclear program.
At the same time, I am surprised at the keenness of the international community to prevent Iran from owning nuclear technology, while turning a blind eye to Israel and its nuclear reactor located in Dimona. No one has dared to force Israel to allow international inspectors to go even near it!