Iran Claims Shooting Down ‘Unknown’ Drone

Iran’s military shot downed an “unknown” drone in the country’s southwest on Friday, according to local media reports.

The country’s air defense forces intercepted the drone over the port city of Mahshahr earlier in the morning, said state-run IRNA news agency in a report.

The enemy unmanned aircraft was reportedly downed over Iranian territory with a domestically manufactured Mersad surface-to-air missile (SAM). The reports did not identify the type of the downed drone but added that the Iranian defense forces were searching the area for parts of the drone.

The U.S. U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) has said in a statement that the downed drone is not a U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) asset.

In June, a U.S. Navy RQ-4N Global Hawk BAMS-D high-altitude surveillance drone was shot down by an Iranian surface-to-air missile system. Iran said the drone was operating in its airspace while the US said it was in international airspace over the Strait of Hormuz.

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