An Iranian copy of a U.S. reconnaissance drone captured in 2011 has taken its first flight, according to state news agency IRNA.
In December 2011, Iran said that it captured a U.S. RQ-170 Sentinel reconnaissance drone in eastern Iran that was reported lost by U.S. forces in neighboring Afghanistan.
Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh to IRNA:
“We promised that a model of RQ-170 would fly in the second half of the year, and this has happened. A film of the flight will be released soon.”
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in a video posted by the semi-official Tasnim News Agency after seeing a replica of the drone:
“Today is a very sweet and unforgettable day for me.”
In May, Iran unveiled a copy of the RQ-170 drone, an aircraft manufactured by U.S. defense technology company Lockheed Martin.