The drone that the US says was shot down in airspace on Thursday. It was an MQ-4C Triton, designed by US national safety contractor Northrop Grumman.
It’s the most significant, maritime-optimized cousin to Northrop’s Global Hawk, and can finish up surveillance missions for as much as 24 hours, with a sensor that gives a 360-degree view of its environment for over 2,000 miles.
Triton operates from “five land-based mostly websites as part of a house of maritime patrol and reconnaissance methods,” according to U.S. Government Accountability Office. Designs on the drone began in 2008, and it had its first flight in 2013, earlier than reaching Preliminary Operational concept in the last year.
The US Navy has ordered 68 of the plane, which had a report program price of $12.7 billion. Australia can also be spending $6.2 billion to accumulate six of the aircraft.
The US drone shot down by Iran had masked its identification gear after being launched from a US base south of the Gulf, Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) stated on Thursday, following the nation’s Fars news agency.
The assertion stated the US RQ-4 Global Hawk spying drone was launched at 00:14 a.m. native time on Thursday (3.44 p.m. ET on Wednesday) and flew from the Strait of Hormuz in the direction of Chabahar. The IRGC stated the drone was “breaking all aerospace guidelines and hiding its identification, which is towards all aviation guidelines.”
A US official earlier advised CNN the plane was an MQ-4C Triton, not a Global Hawk.
The IRGC assertion added: “Whereas returning to the western Hormuz Strait’s area the drone violated Iran’s airspace and engaged in info-gathering and spying. At 4.05 a.m. native time, whereas the violating airplane was over Iranian territory, it was shot down by IRGC.”