An Iranian boy holds a portrait of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as he walks past a US RQ-170 drone replica in February 2012
On December 4, 2011, Iran claimed to have captured a much bigger and more sophisticated stealth drone, a bat-winged RQ-170 Sentinel. © Atta Kenare - AFP/File
An Iranian boy holds a portrait of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as he walks past a US RQ-170 drone replica in February 2012
Alborz Habibi
Last updated: January 2, 2013

Iran claims capture of two drones belonging to 'the enemy'

Iran said on Wednesday that its army has captured two more RQ class drones recently, Fars news agency reported.

“The drones were from 11th series of the RQ class, and one of them was hunted in Shahrivar 1390 (an Iranian calendar month that starts from August 21 to September 19, 2011),” said Amir Rastegari, a senior commander of Iranian navy. “And the other one was hunted in Aban month this year (starting from October 22 to November 20, 2012)”.

Rastegari, Deputy Commander of the Iranian Navy, said the Army Research Center is now studying the two UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) and much of the data of the captured drones has been decoded by the Army's Jihad and Research Center, a report said.

Iran claimed last month that it had captured a U.S. ScanEagle drone in its airspace over the Persian Gulf, but the White House spokesman said there is no evidence those claims are true.

The announcement came on the anniversary of the seizure of a US RQ-170 drone in December 2011. The US blamed the loss of the RQ-170 Sentinel drone on a technical problem; however, Iran said it brought it down through a "sophisticated cyber attack" by disrupting its GPS system.

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