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Iran airs warning after targeting drone
 


November 09, 2012 - Updated 2344 PKT
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DUBAI: Iran said it would deal decisively with any foreign encroachment into its airspace, an apparent warning to the United States after one of its surveillance drones was targeted by Iranian warplanes last week.

 

On Thursday U.S. officials said the unarmed Predator drone was in international airspace when Iranian warplanes opened fire on it on November 1. The aircraft was not hit.

 

The intercept was the first time Tehran had fired at an unmanned U.S. aircraft in their 33 year stand-off.

 

"The defenders of the Islamic Republic will respond decisively to any form of encroachment by air, sea or on the ground," Fars news agency quoted General Massoud Jazayeri, a senior armed forces commander, as saying on Friday.

 

"If any foreign aircraft attempts to enter our airspace our armed forces will deal with them," he said. Jazayeri did not mention the drone incident specifically.

 

According to the Pentagon, two Soviet-designed SU-25 aircraft intercepted the Predator drone over Gulf waters about 16 nautical miles off the Iranian coast. After firing at the drone they followed it for several miles as it moved farther away from Iranian airspace.

 

Washington has issued a formal protest to the Iranian authorities via diplomatic channels.

 

Details of the incident emerged ahead of large-scale air defense drills due to start across several provinces in eastern Iran this week.

 

The "Velayat 4" maneuvers will be jointly held by the regular armed forces and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and will involve testing new radar and surveillance equipment, military commanders say. (Reuters)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Reader Comments
Allah o Akbar. Iran is a true nation

Akbar Khan
Bulgaria
DRONES CAN EASILY BE JAMMED AND DIVERTED TO ANY AIRFIELD. IT NEEDS COURAGE AND WILL ONLY.

KHR
India
Iran has exercised its right of self defence and has preserved the country's honour and dignity.The iranian fighter PILOTS have done a spledid job to scare off the cowards playing deadly computer game sending unmanned drone,to test the capabilty and efficiency of brave IRANIAN AIR FORCE.Every country has the right to defend its sovereignty/frontiers.

concerned citizen
United Kingdom
 
 
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