TEHRAN: Iran has produced a duplicate of a U. S. drone it captured in 2011, Press TV reported on Monday.
A copy of the RQ-170 stealth drone was unveiled on Sunday at an exhibition attended by Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the media outlet said. The event, held at the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Forces' Central Command, also put on display "the achievements of the IRGC Aerospace Forces in the design and development of drones, radars and defense systems, as well as anti-ship, ballistic and anti-shield missile systems," Press TV said.
The RQ-170 Sentinel was reverse-engineered by IRGC experts in about two years, it said. An RQ-170 unmanned stealth aircraft, designed and developed by Lockheed Martin, was captured by Iran on Dec. 4, 2011 while flying over the Iranian city of Kashmar.
Tehran said one of its electronic warfare units brought down the drone with minimal damage. In April 2012, the aerospace commander of the IRGC, Brig. Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, said that IRGC experts were recovering data from the drone. Washington has requested that Tehran return the drone, a demand Iran rejected.
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