The U.S. has dispatched naval assets to the debris field of the RQ-4A Global Hawk BAMS-D high-altitude surveillance drone shot down by Iran, according to reports citing officials.
The technologies onboard the drone is very sensitive and the US doesn’t want the debris to reach in the hands of its rivals including Iran, China and Russia.
The U.S. Navy high-altitude surveillance drone was shot down by an Iranian surface-to-air missile system at approximately 11:35 p.m. GMT on June 19. Iran said the drone was operating in its airspace while the US said it was in international airspace over the Strait of Hormuz.
According to Navy Capt. Bill Urban, U.S. Central Command spokesman, “the Iranian reports that the aircraft was over Iran are false” and the incident was an “unprovoked attack on a U.S. surveillance asset in international airspace”.
The BAMS-D is a RQ-4A Global Hawk High-Altitude Long Endurance (HALE) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) and provides real-time intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions (ISR) over vast ocean and coastal regions. These aircraft are older U.S. Air Force airframes transferred to the Navy to act as a demonstrator for the technologies used onboard the newer MQ-C Triton surveillance drone.
The U.S. President Donald Trump has tweeted on the incident saying, “Iran made a very big mistake”.
Iran made a very big mistake!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 20, 2019