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Iran claims to have copied a captured US drone

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By Euronews  with AP
Iran claims to have copied a captured US drone

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard has built a new attack drone which is similar to a US unmanned aerial vehicle captured five years ago, Iranian media reported on Saturday.

The semi-official Tasnim news agency says the “Saegheh” (Thunderbolt) drone is similar to the RQ-170 Sentinel spy drone.

According to General Amir Hajizadeh, the commander of the Guard’s aerospace, Saegheh is a long-range drone capable of carrying four smart and precision-guided bombs.

Iran claimed to have shot down an RQ-170 drone in December 2011 and broadcast footage of the recovered aircraft. It also claims to have captured three ScanEagle drones.

Last year Iran said it had successfully tested a replica of the RQ-170.