Iran releases photos of downed Israeli spy drone: Video

Mon Aug 25, 2014 15:23:43

A senior Iranian commander has identified the Israeli spy drone shot down by Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) air defense forces as an Israeli-manufactured Hermes surveillance drones.

The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) can operate within a radius of 800 kilometers and is capable of flying 1,600 kilometers without refueling, said Commander of the IRGC’s Aerospace Division Brigadier General Amirali Hajizadeh on Monday.

The Zionist regime’s UAV is equipped with two cameras, enabling the espionage aircraft to capture high-quality images, added the top general.

Earlier on Monday, the IRGC released the first pictures of the downed spy drone.

The IRGC said in a statement on Sunday that its forces had intercepted and brought down an Israeli spy drone which was heading to Natanz nuclear facility in the central Iranian province of Isfahan.

The stealth spy drone was targeted by a surface-to-air missile before it reached the strategic location, according to the statement.

Meanwhile, Head of the IRGC Public Relations Department Brigadier General Ramezan Sharif also said on Monday said some parts of the Israeli spy drone were found intact.

According to Sharif, Iranian military experts are currently analyzing the remaining components of the aircraft to extract any data stored on its system.

On Sunday, Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan warned that the Islamic Republic would give a crushing response to any enemy aggression against Iranian soil.