Iran says it showed downed US drones to Russia

Washington never confirmed Tehran had shot down any of its drones.

Tehran: Iran has shown Russia US drones
it shot down over the Gulf, Revolutionary Guards aerospace
commander Brigadier General Amir Ali Hadjizadeh was quoted as
saying on Tuesday.

"Russian experts requested to see these drones and
they looked at both the downed drones and the models made by
the Guards through reverse engineering," the official IRNA
news agency quoted Hadjizadeh as saying.

Hajizadeh did not elaborate on the number or type of
unmanned US aircraft it had shot down, or when or where it had
done so.

Iran announced on January 2 that its forces had downed
two US drones after they "violated" Iranian-controlled
territory. It later said it would put the aircraft on public
display.

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

The US navy`s Fifth Fleet is based in Bahrain, just
across the Gulf from Iran. Washington never confirmed Tehran
had shot down any of its drones.

The US military and Central Intelligence Agency
routinely use drones to monitor military activity in the
region. They have also used them to launch missile strikes in
Yemen as well as in Afghanistan and Pakistan`s lawless tribal
belt.

On several occasions, the Iranian military has shown
off drones which it says it manufactured itself using the
latest technology. Washington has expressed concern about
Tehran`s possession of the aircraft.

PTI

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