Iran to put captured foreign drones on display

Foreign spy drones captured by Iran, that reportedly include four Israeli and three US aircraft, will be put on display.

Last Updated: Dec 18, 2011, 11:07 AM IST

Tehran: Foreign spy drones captured by Iran, that reportedly include four Israeli and three US aircraft, will be put on display, Mehr news agency reported. Latest "domestically-manufactured electronic warfare equipment" will also be shown.

Citing the Tehran Times and the Nasim news agency, the report said that "national reporters" and foreign ambassadors based in Tehran will be allowed to visit the exhibition.

A source told the Tehran Times that Iran now has four Israeli and three US unmanned aerial vehicles.

The most advanced drone in its possession is the American one that crashed recently -- the RQ-170 Sentinel. Iran announced Dec 4 that the US drone was brought down by the country`s armed forces. Iran says the drone had entered the country from Afghanistan.

US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta, however, in a recent interview to a TV channel, reportedly said the stealth drone campaign along the Iran-Afghanistan border would "absolutely" continue.

In an interview published earlier this year, the commander of the Aerospace Force of Iran`s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, Brig. Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, said: "They (Westerners) have made limited aggressions against the country and we have shot down a number of their highly advanced spy planes so far."

"We have constant clashes with the enemy`s surveillance and reconnaissance aircrafts," he said, adding that Iranian experts have "reverse-engineered" and manufactured some of the planes that were shot down.

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