The Air Defense Force of the Iranian military shot down early on November 8 an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) near the port city of port city of Mahshahr in the southern province of Khuzestan.
The incident was confirmed by Gholamreza Shariati, governor of Khuzestan, who revealed that the UAV belonged to a foreign country.
“The downed drone definitely belonged to a foreign country. Its wreckage has been recovered and is being investigated,” Shariati told the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).
The semi-official Tasnim News Agency also confirmed the incident, claiming the mysterious UAV was shot down with the Iranian Mersad air-defense system. The system is a domestically developed variant of the U.S.-made MIM-23 Hawk, which was supplied to the Iranian military during the Shah era.
According to Fox News’ journalist, Lucas Tomlinson, the Pentagon had denied that any U.S. UAV was shot down.
Pentagon: “No reports of US drone being shot down,” defense official says
Iran claims it shot down a drone that violated Iranian airspace Friday morning
— Lucas Tomlinson (@LucasFoxNews) November 8, 2019
Last June, the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) shot down a RQ-4A Global Hawk High-Altitude, Long, Endurance (HALE) UAV of the U.S. Navy after violating the country’s airspace. The incident almost drove Tehran and Washington into war.