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Intruding unmanned aerial vehicle shot down in west Iran.

TAHRAN (CyHAN)- Iran has shot down an intruding unmanned aerial vehicle in the west of the country, the official Iranian news agency, IRNA reports.

Lieutenant colonel Farzad Fereydouni, a commander of the air defense unit in the western province of Kermanshah, said Saturday that the drone was on a spying mission and was shot down.

The aircraft was spotted by the Iranian domestically-manufactured systems, Fereidouni stated, adding that the missile systems of the country's Air Defense managed to shoot down the reconnaissance drone.

Fereidouni, however, did not provide further details as to the place where the drone came from or the planned areas of its mission.

The Iranian commander said the Islamic Republic has issued 12 radio warnings to unidentified flights since the beginning of the current Iranian year (which started March 21, 2015), adding that only the aircraft whose identities are known to Iran's Air Defense are allowed to enter the country's airspace.

Iran will first issue radio warnings to any such aircraft which have entered the country's airspace, and then, in case of an intrusion, the Iranian Air Force will take appropriate action against the intruding aircraft.

This is not the first time that Iran's airspace has been violated by intruding planes.

In October 2014, Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) said its forces had intercepted and shot down an Israeli spy drone with a surface-to-air missile. The Israeli-made Hermes drone was heading to Natanz nuclear facility in the central Iranian province of Isfahan.

The IRGC also captured a US ScanEagle drone over the Persian Gulf waters upon its intrusion into the Iranian airspace in December 2012.

In the same month the previous year, Iran downed a US RQ-170 Sentinel stealth aircraft with minimal damage. The drone was flying over the Iranian city of Kashmar, near the Afghan border, when it was brought down. (Cihan/Trend az)


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Date:Aug 22, 2015
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