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The US drone shot down by Iran had masked its identification equipment after being launched from a US base south of the Gulf, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) said Thursday, according to the country’s Fars news agency.
The statement said the US RQ-4 Global Hawk spying drone was launched at 00:14 a.m. local time on Thursday (3.44 p.m. ET on Wednesday) and flew from the Strait of Hormuz towards Chabahar. The IRGC said the drone was “breaking all aerospace rules and hiding its identification, which is against all aviation rules.”
A US official earlier told CNN the aircraft was a MQ-4C Triton, not a Global Hawk.
The IRGC statement added: “While returning to the western Hormuz Strait’s region the drone violated Iran’s airspace and engaged in information-gathering and spying. At 4.05 a.m. local time while the violating airplane was over Iranian territory it was shot down by IRGC.”
The time given in the statement places the attack at 7:35 p.m. ET on Wednesday.