Israel: Shot-down Iranian drone was copy of US craft

The Iranian drone that an Israeli chopper shot down was a copy of an American unmanned aerial vehicle that Iran intercepted six years ago, according to the Israel Defense Forces.

IDF spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus and Yuval Steinitz, a minister in Israel’s security cabinet, said the drone was based on a Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel, the Washington Post reported.

Experts who examined footage of the downed drone released by the IDF agreed that the shape closely resembled that of Iran’s Saeqeh, or “Thunderbolt,” drone, which was based on a CIA-operated Sentinel captured by Iran in 2011.

Conricus said he could not specifically confirm that the drone was a Saeqeh and that the wreckage was still being examined. Iran has produced several other drones based on the RQ-170, according to reports.

“It was an Iranian copy of a US drone that they got hold of a few years ago and they duplicated,”

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