TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Commander of the Iranian Army’s Air Defense Force Brigadier General Alireza Sabahifard confirmed that his forces have shot down an unidentified foreign drone over the southwestern port city of Mahshahr.
In remarks on Friday, Brigadier General Sabahifard said an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that had violated the Iranian airspace this morning was destroyed by domestically made air defense systems of the Army in Mahshahr.
“This decisive act and the firing of the missile was in response to the violation of our airspace by a foreign drone,” he said.
“The intruding drone was destroyed before reaching critical sites of the country thanks to the full vigilance of the country’s integrated air defense network,” the top commander added.
“We have repeatedly warned that the integrated air defense network of the country will respond decisively to any violation of its airspace with full preparedness,” said Brigadier General Sabahifard.
According to the governor of Iran’s southwestern province of Khuzestan, Gholamreza Shariati, the downed drone definitely belonged to a foreign country and its wreckage has been recovered.
In June, Iran shot down an advanced US spy drone, which the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) said was flying over southern parts of the country.
The IRGC said that the US spy drone had violated the Iranian territorial airspace in the early hours of June 20 and was immediately shot down by the IRGC Aerospace Force’s air defense unit near the Kooh-e-Mobarak region in the southern province of Hormozgan.
The intruding drone was reportedly shot by Iran’s homegrown air defense missile system “Khordad-3rd”.