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Shooting and $ 110M US drone out of the sky gives us a rare insight into Iran's military capabilities



"They work," said Jeremy Binnie, Middle East and North Africa editor at Jane's Defense Weekly, of Iran's air defense. The incident "highlights that when Iranians really make investments, it can really count," he told CNN.

"We knew that with balistic missiles, but it also appears with the air defenses too."

The RQ-4A is not a clay pigeon. At $ 110 million each, Global Hawk needs three people to remotely pilot it and its sensors. Wider in Wingspan than Boeing 737, it has a Rolls Royce engine moving it at around 500 miles per hour as it hoovers up signals and images normally at 65,000 feet to keep out of the way of surface-to-air missiles. Even if they get too close, it has a radar-warning receiver, a jamming system and releases a decoy, towed behind it.

But its destruction is a sign of Iran's quiet focus. Binnie pointed out the size of the aircraft makes it "not a tough target in that respect", he said. "A few years ago this would have been a surprise, but now their new air defense gear looks a lot more impressive."

While America's military is by no means threatened in the long term by Iran, instances like the downing of the drone show that Tehran can sometimes have an out-of-focus effect with narrowly focused efforts, and is an adversary of course able to keep its opponents off balance. The US would win any conventional conflict in the short term, but it should be wary that Iranian ingenuity (or deviousness, if you're in Washington) will stop any conflict from being a "cakewalk."

it happened, there is no doubt the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps managed to destroy one at 4:05 am on June 1

9. The US military has released a video to support its claim that it has occurred 34 kilometers from the nearest Iranian land mass, and has shown a flight path that suggests the spy drone never entered the Iranian territory. Conversely, Iranian Foreign Minister Javid Zarif tweeted coordinates for the attack that put it well inside the Iranian territory – near the city of Kouh-e Mobarak

 A Khordad-3 air defense system

The IRGC said it used a "3rd of Khordad" surface-to-air missile system, images of which have been circulating now on social media as a symbol of Iranian prowess against the staggering unmanned technology the Americans unleash in the stratosphere every day.

The Khordad 3 was first unveiled in 2014, with a range of up to 75 kilometers, and can hit as far as 30 kilometers, Iranian state-supported media said. Janes concluded the strike was likely from a mobile vehicle, given the US argument that the missile was launched from 70 kilometers away, and there is no Iranian facility matching that location. In 1968, the MQ-4C Triton, the MQ-4C Triton, was released to the United States by the United States. to join service, Iran also has more advanced missiles than the one that took down the drone last week.

Ten days before the incident, Iran unveiled an upgrade that has almost double the range and is also homegrown – the product of a series of reverse-engineering feats and technology purloined over the years by the sanctions-strapped country.

Binnie said the Iranians had either bought or developed radar technology that had helped them improve targeting at a distance. "The MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system completes its inaugural cross-country ferry flight at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland." ” data-src-mini=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190620053936-01-mq-4c-triton-drone-file-small-169.jpg” data-src-xsmall=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190620053936-01-mq-4c-triton-drone-file-medium-plus-169.jpg” data-src-small=”http://cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190620053936-01-mq-4c-triton-drone-file-large-169.jpg” data-src-medium=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190620053936-01-mq-4c-triton-drone-file-exlarge-169.jpg” data-src-large=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190620053936-01-mq-4c-triton-drone-file-super-169.jpg” data-src-full16x9=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190620053936-01-mq-4c-triton-drone-file-full-169.jpg” data-src-mini1x1=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190620053936-01-mq-4c-triton-drone-file-small-11.jpg” data-demand-load=”not-loaded” data-eq-pts=”mini: 0, xsmall: 221, small: 308, medium: 461, large: 781″ src=”data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhEAAJAJEAAAAAAP///////wAAACH5BAEAAAIALAAAAAAQAAkAAAIKlI+py+0Po5yUFQA7″/>