US drone enters Iran’s airspace, leaves after warning

Reuters — August 29, 2016

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Iran’s military detected a US drone entering Iranian airspace on Monday and warned it to leave, which it subsequently did, Iran’s Tasnim news agency reported.

“Iran’s army air defence detected and warned an American drone in the eastern airspace of the country. It was coming from Afghanistan. The drone left the area,” Tasnim quoted the Iranian military as saying.

Tasnim gave no details on how the Iranian authorities had warned the unmanned drone to leave its airspace.


Comment — August 2016

It’s no coincidence that the above incident took place the day after Iran announced that it had deployed an S-300 air defence system at the Fordo nuclear site. Nor that it occurred shortly after Iran announced that two advanced new locally developed radars had commenced operating.
The Nazir and Bina radars are located in south eastern Iran and are capable stealth aircraft and drones before they reach Iran’s border. According to a Fars News on the above incident, the UAV had taken off from a U.S. base at Kandahar, Afghanistan, and was nearing the border with eastern Iran when it was warned.
So the U.S. drone was undoubtedly on a probing mission to test Iran’s recently upgraded air defences. Ed.

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