BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:10 A.M.) – On the first anniversary since the downing of the American MQ-4C plane by an Iranian missile, the Fars Agency has published new information about this operation carried out by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC).
Based on this information, along with the MQ-4C, which took off from the Al Dhafra base in the UAE, there was a P-8 naval patrol aircraft and MQ-9 drones present during the downing.
After take off, the MQ-4C flew towards the Strait of Hormuz and then reportedly violated Iranian airspace before continuing towards southeastern Iran.
The Iranian air defense forces then tracked the U.S. drone at a distance of 490 km before Tehran signaled for it to be shot down.
The Fars News report stressed that their radar can detect more than 200 targets with three dimensions over a distance of 500 km, and it was made by Iranian specialists “in the Ministry of Defense and the support of the armed forces.”
After the MQ-4C violated the Iranian air border area, the mission of targeting it in the area between the city of Jask and Jabal Mubarak was determined with two air defense systems.
The defense system radar detected this target at an altitude of 12 km, and it was flying at a speed of 700 km / hour and at a distance of 169 km.
The missile was launched from a distance of 90 km, when the plane was at an altitude of 14 km, and hit the target at a distance of 75 km in Iranian territorial waters.
The Iranian agency also reported that the manned plane P-8 was also 17 km away when the MQ-4C was shot down, and the other airliner (MQ-9) was about 17 km from the P-8.
The Fars reported added that after the downing of the drone and despite the threats of American officials, especially President Donald Trump, “there was no offensive movement by America three days following the incident.”