Iran has released a video of the U.S Spy drone that it shot down earlier last week. U.S has also confirmed that it has indeed lost one of it’s Spy drones in a mission but said that it was lost due to some malfunction.
Iran’s Press TV on Thursday broadcast an extended video tour of the U.S. spy drone that went down in the country–and it indeed appeared to look mostly intact.
American officials have acknowledged that an unmanned U.S. reconnaissance plane was lost on a mission late last week, but have insisted that there is no evidence the drone was downed by hostile acts by Iran. Rather, they said, the drone likely went down because of a malfunction, and they implied the advanced stealth reconnaissance plane would likely have fallen from such a high altitude–the RQ-170 Sentinel can fly as high as 50,000 feet–that it wouldn’t be in good shape.
But Iranian military officials have claimed since Sunday that they brought down an American spy drone that was little damaged. And now they have provided the first visual images of what looks to be a drone that at least outwardly appears to be in decent condition, in what is surely another humiliating poke in the eye for U.S. national security agencies.
The Pentagon declined to comment on the released images Thursday, a Defense Department spokesman told Yahoo News. But military analysts said it appeared to them to be the American drone in question.
Here is the video released by Iran’s Press TV :
Analysts also noted that the video of the drone released by Iran did not show the drone’s underside. “Pretty intact,” the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ James Lewis said by email. “Interesting that they covered the underside.”