Iran ‘mass producing’ copies of U.S. drone after reverse engineering design from machine it claims to have captured

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  • State television claims  Iran has already  deployed the home-brew models
  • Revolutionary  Guards said they had brought down a ScanEagle last year

By  Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 21:56 EST, 11  February 2013 |  UPDATED: 22:01 EST, 11 February 2013

 

Iran is rolling  out a domestically-produced version of its own drone following the capture of a  U.S.-made Scan Eagle last December, state television has claimed.

According to reports, the country’s military  has successfully reverse engineered the  avionics to replicate the U.S. drone and is producing them on a mass  scale.

According to Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi,  Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Navy, the Iran’s Naval and  Aerospace Division has already deployed the home-brew models.

Claims: Iran's military said it had downed a U.S. Scan Eagle drone, similar to the one pictured, which is a low-cost unmanned surveillance craft  

Claims: Iran’s military said it had downed a U.S. Scan  Eagle drone, similar to the one pictured, which is a low-cost unmanned  surveillance craft

 

His comments regarding the production start up reportedly came on December 17, less than two weeks after the drone was supposedly captured of the Iranian coast on December 4.

The Revolutionary Guards said they had brought down a ScanEagle – one of the low-cost, long-endurance aircraft with a  10ft wingspan which is operated by the U.S..

Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi told the Fars news  agency in December that the drone had conducted several  reconnaissance flights  over the Gulf in recent days.

Rear Adm Fadavi said that ‘such drones are  usually launched from large warships.

Shockwaves: Claims that the Iranian Arms had managed to create its own squadron of drones based on technology copied from a 'downed' U.S. spy plane is likely to cause acute embarrassment for the Americans 

Shockwaves: Claims that the Iranian Arms had managed to  create its own squadron of drones based on technology copied from a ‘downed’  U.S. spy plane is likely to cause acute embarrassment for the  Americans

At the time, a spokesman for U.S. Naval  Forces Central Command in Bahrain said the U.S. Navy had no record of any  recently lost ScanEagles.

A month before this claimed downing of the  drone, the U.S. said Iranian warplanes had shot at a its surveillance drone  flying in international airspace. Iran said the aircraft had entered its  airspace.

A year ago, Iranian TV broadcast pictures of  an American RQ-170 Sentinel surveillance drone that Iran said had been brought  down using electronic warfare. The US said it had malfunctioned.

Iran rejected a U.S. call for the return of  the drone. It subsequently claimed to have developed its own unmanned  drone.

Washington and Tehran are engaged in a  dispute over Tehran’s nuclear programme.

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