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U.S. Combat Drone Crashes Near Baghdad (Photos)

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A U.S. MQ-1C Gray Eagle unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) crashed on August 7 in the district of Radwaniyah west of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

The U.S.-led coalition acknowledged that that one of its drone made “an unscheduled landing” in Baghdad due to what it described as “a mechanical problem.”

“The aircraft landed safely and was successfully recovered by Iraqi Security Force troops. No one was injured and no property was damaged in the landing or recovery,” the coalition said in a statement released on August 9.

Developed by General Atomics, the MQ-1C entered service in 2009. The UCAV has an endurance of up to 25 hours and a service ceiling of over 8km.

Photos of the Gray Eagle’s wreckage show that it was equipped with two dual launchers, which indicates that it may have been armed with four AGM-114 Hellfire laser-guided missiles.

U.S. Combat Drone Crashes Near Baghdad (Photos)

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U.S. Combat Drone Crashes Near Baghdad (Photos)

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Contrary to the U.S.-led coalition’s claims, Iraqi sources said that the UCAV crashed as a result of an electronic attack. These claims have not been confirmed, so far.

Last February, Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) revealed that it had taken control of several U.S. drones and even crashed one of them in Iraq.

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  • Rob

    These toys lost their usability. Nobody will buy.

    • BillA

      imagine the fighter market response when the 1st downed F-35 is photoed

    • occupybacon

      I wanted to buy a couple but thanks for opening my eyes

      • J Ramirez

        Just like F35 and all other crap ( Made in the USA) , you can keep that shit, I’m buying Chinese ;}

        • occupybacon

          Even Russians chose American over Chinese goods when they afford them, but you are way below the average Russians, it’s like 4th time you say I’m fingering myself, don’t you have better insult?

        • Zionism = EVIL

          The dumbass Americunt arseholes are the unofficial supplier of drones to Iran.

  • Jacob Wohl’s Nose

    oy vey! it’s Yakov Wohlstein’s nose!

  • verner

    give it to Iran now. they will know what to do with it.

    • AJ

      They will reverse engineer it & have 20 built by years end!!

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  • Zionism = EVIL

    Oh well, another $130 million dud drone bites the dust. Actually, this was brought down in an era controlled by Iraqi Hezbollah near the Mandali, Baqubah and Syria highway as it was trying to spy over the PMU. Did not work out for the Americunt arseholes.