The fallen US drone that is purportedly in the hands of Iran may be fake, USA Today quoted an anonymous former-Pentagon official saying.
Not only is the unmanned aerial vehicle the wrong color, but the welds running across the wing joints do not conform to the stealth design that helps avoid radar detection, the ex-Pentagon official said based on Iran’s released footage of the US drone.
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Iran announced earlier this week its military brought down a CIA-operated stealth drone by hacking into it and aired video footage of the fallen unmanned plane.
The anonymous official also raised questions surrounding why the landing gear was visibly blocked in the video with banners that read “We’ll trample America underfoot” and “The US cannot do a damn thing.”
US President Barack Obama confirmed on Monday that the American government has asked Iran to return the spy drone. "We've asked for it back. We'll see how the Iranians respond," Obama said.
Tehran has denied the request and said they will be using the captured drone to increase their military technology.
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"No one returns the symbol of aggression to the party that sought secret and vital intelligence related to the national security of a country," Armed Forces deputy commander. Hossein Salami, said on state television.
Pentagon spokesman George Little said an American drone has gone missing and not been recovered but went short of confirming if the drone shown by Iranian media is the lost aircraft, CNN reported.
Several news outlets anonymously confirmed that Iran’s claim they possess a US drone is true.