Iran releases pictures of downed Israeli ‘Hermes’ drone

TEHRAN – The Israeli spy drone shot down by Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps is an Israeli-made Hermes drone, the Press TV quoted senior military commander as saying.

The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) can operate within a radius of 800 kilometres and is capable of flying 1,600 kilometres without refueling, said Brigadier General Amirali Hajizadeh, commander of the Aerospace Division of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps.

The top general said that the Israeli UAV was equipped with two cameras, enabling the espionage aircraft to capture high-quality images. Earlier on Monday, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps released the first pictures of the downed spy drone.

In a statement, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps said that its forces had intercepted and brought down an Israeli spy drone which was heading to Natanz nuclear facility in the Isfahan province. The stealth spy drone was targeted by a surface-to-air missile before it reached the strategic location, according to the statement.

IRGC Public Relations Department head Brigadier General Ramezan Sharif also said that some parts of the Israeli spy drone were found intact. Currently, the Iranian military experts are analysing the remaining components of the aircraft to extract any data stored on its system.

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