Iran tried to hit an American drone

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Iranian military aircraft attempted to shoot down an American unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that was conducting a reconnaissance flight in international airspace over the Persian Gulf. According to the official representative of the Pentagon, George Little, the drone was not injured and returned safely to its base. The incident occurred on November 1, and President Barack Obama, the head of the Pentagon Leon Panetta and the leaders of the US Congress were immediately informed of the incident.

As specified in the US military, the fire on the American aircraft MQ Predator led two attack aircraft Su-25 Russian production, which are in service with the Iranian Air Force. They opened the firing of guns at a time when the UAV was about 25 kilometers of the coast of Iran. "Our aircraft did not enter Iranian airspace, it was constantly in international airspace," the Pentagon representative said. He recalled that the border of the national airspace over the sea runs about 20 kilometers from the coast.

On the question of whether the shooting was precautionary or fired, George Little said that, apparently, Iranian planes tried to shoot down an American drone. He also said that the unmanned aerial vehicle was not equipped with any weapons, including missiles, and was monitoring the situation in the Persian Gulf, that is, carried out a reconnaissance mission, ITAR-TASS reports. The incident in the sky over the Persian Gulf was the first case of Iranian military aircraft firing an unarmed American UAV.

Washington has notified Tehran of its intention to continue the observation flights of its unmanned aerial vehicles over the international waters of the Persian Gulf, despite this incident. According to a Pentagon spokesman, this will be done "in accordance with longstanding US practice and security commitments in the region."

George Little stressed that if necessary, the US military would respond to such provocations. According to him, the United States "has ample opportunities to protect its military forces and means" and is ready to use them if necessary.
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  1. Slayer
    +3
    November 9, 2012
    Umm, from a ground attack aircraft ..... Che with fighters so tight or what?)))
    1. +14
      November 9, 2012
      Quote: Slayer
      from a ground attack aircraft.



      Well, yes, it would be better how this "Abkhazian" MiG-29 shot down Georgian drones (the last shooting of the drone), here it is for sure, but by attack aircraft this is probably a demonstration
      1. Eraser
        -2
        November 9, 2012
        And where, interestingly, did the MiG-29 come from Abkhazia?
        1. +4
          November 9, 2012
          Quote: Eraser
          And where, interestingly, did the MiG-29 come from Abkhazia?


          Vladimir there are quotes, really did not notice?
          1. 0
            November 9, 2012
            he mixed up the letters u and c. Forgivable for ... Ukrainian.
            1. Eraser
              0
              November 10, 2012
              Did you want to say something smart? It didn’t work. laughing
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          3. Eraser
            0
            November 10, 2012
            Oops, I really didn’t notice. And the Abkhazians say that they shot down from the L-39, I watched the video really for a moment. smile
      2. 0
        November 9, 2012
        Quote: Vadivak
        Well, yes, it would be better how this "Abkhazian" MiG-29 shot down Georgian drones (the last shooting of the drone), here it is for sure, but by attack aircraft this is probably a demonstration

        it was a Rossiski moment! Abkhazia didn’t have any moment if they were from where?
        1. orfo
          0
          November 9, 2012
          sarcasm, thanks CEP
        2. in reserve
          0
          November 9, 2012
          Abkhazia has only 2 L-39s.
        3. 0
          November 10, 2012
          Quote: GEOKING95
          it was a Rossiski moment!

          Of course ours, a cool new drone scattered into pieces wink
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    2. mga04
      +3
      November 9, 2012
      The MQ Predator has a cruising speed of 100 - 120 km / h. You get caught by a fighter to catch him, there’s not even an attack aircraft, here you need a helicopter. True, if you really want to shoot down, it’s rather close to fly at high speed.
      1. VAF
        VAF
        +3
        November 9, 2012
        Quote: mga04
        You get caught by a fighter to catch him, there’s not even an attack aircraft, here you need a helicopter.


        Of course, a helicopter is preferable, but here .. simply because of a lack of experience ..... after all, they were visually discovered and ..dullly did not have time. and so if you go on the second run. then ...... the release of the chassis and mechanization. larger revolutions and release of brake flaps, approach to the target with belittling. so that coal attacks do not bully critical and ... no problems +!

        1. mga04
          0
          November 9, 2012
          Everything is certainly correct, but hardly accessible to the average pilot. The stall speed of the SU-25 is 175 km / h. In any case, such an attack will be dangerous for the aircraft. As for me, it’s easier to go a little higher (lower) than a drone at high speed, it’s just broken by turbulent turbulence.
        2. Diesel
          0
          November 10, 2012
          and the p60 the drone cannot capture?
        3. dchanc112
          0
          November 12, 2012
          Read, do not read the RLE, but no laws have been written for the storyteller.
    3. +1
      November 9, 2012
      Quote: Slayer
      Umm, from a ground attack aircraft ..... Che with fighters so tight or what?)))

      moreover, from a cannon - probably a pity to spend a rocket ... wink would like to bring down would send a fighter with missiles and bring down
      1. +12
        November 9, 2012
        The Pentagon spokesman is guaranteed to lie. If the drone did not violate the airspace, it would not be touched. This is time. If they wanted to shoot it down, they would. This is two. But the main trick is different: "... if necessary, the US armed forces will respond to such provocations." The main provocateur is the United States. And that's three.
      2. mga04
        0
        November 9, 2012
        Quote: 11 black
        would send a fighter with missiles

        It is not a fact that a missile with an infrared seeker will capture such a target. This is the case when the gun is more reliable.
    4. 0
      November 9, 2012
      Do you believe the Pentagon in words?
  2. UPStoyan
    +13
    November 9, 2012
    Americans deliberately escalate the situation. They presented their drone almost as a peaceful passenger plane, and the Iranians as air pirates.
    1. +6
      November 9, 2012
      If they wanted to bring down, they would bring down even if they needed a ram.
      1. -17
        November 9, 2012
        Iran’s shitty pilots, if they didn’t shoot such a target .... how they want to fight American aces with such aviators and such planes, they will destroy them in the first battle ........... Iran wouldn’t be better curl up and sit quietly
      2. 0
        November 9, 2012
        Why ram? It will fall apart from a satellite stream if you pass over it.
    2. Insurgent
      0
      November 9, 2012
      In International waters have the right
  3. +13
    November 9, 2012
    The gentlemen from the Pentagon are stuffing the price ... Knock down a drone for a modern airplane like two fingers on the asphalt .... They obviously shot warningly .. But the Americans in their repertoire ... An ideological war .... laughing
    1. +3
      November 9, 2012
      Quote: domokl
      The gentlemen from the Pentagon are stuffing the price ... Knock down a drone for a modern airplane like two fingers on the asphalt .... They obviously shot warning ... But the Americans in their repertoire ... An ideological war ...
      - Maybe young pilots are being trained? For an UAV, it’s an educational goal, from a simple to a complex one.
      1. 0
        November 9, 2012
        Quote: aksakal
        maybe young pilots are being trained?
        The fact is that such goals are primitive ... I think that all the same, the Africans used to climb drones into the Iranian airspace before, and they got a warning ...
      2. Insurgent
        0
        November 10, 2012
        And what are you saying is not so easy to detect it, Israel’s air defense didn’t immediately detect the ultramodern. At the stealth technology
    2. 0
      November 9, 2012
      That's right. Were there shooting ranges? We flew up, looked, flew away. Amers love to shout "elephant" while looking at a mosquito through a magnifying glass.
  4. +2
    November 9, 2012
    To believe or not to believe the Americans? And if shot down, no one would have known anything?
    1. +2
      November 9, 2012
      The attack aircraft most likely opened warning demonstration fire, and if they had shot down, the amers would simply hushed up this matter in order to look like jerks. They know how to do it. In Iran, they are afraid to meddle. This shows the whole Pe # nd # wasps.
    2. +2
      November 9, 2012
      The Amers have long denied when the Iranians landed their UAVs. They do not like to voice their failures, they always put a "shadow on the fence".
  5. +2
    November 9, 2012
    what are the Pentagon freaks doing on the other side of the earth? Iran is not a young state, so to speak with history, but where are hot dogs climbing?
    1. Insurgent
      -2
      November 9, 2012
      It’s not looked at by Kago. The story is steeper. Iran’s time 1500 years passed when they were conquered by the Arabs
  6. +6
    November 9, 2012
    I watched the situation in the Persian Gulf?! Did you look at the water or something?! Surely climbed into the zone of Iran, from there it was shuganuli. And to show what kind of innocent sheep they lied about the alleged attack in neutral waters.
  7. Andrey64
    +4
    November 9, 2012
    The key words here are: "George Little reported, that apparently (he probably knew better from the ground), Iranian planes tried to shoot down an American drone. "
    1. 0
      November 9, 2012
      A good word is "if".
  8. +3
    November 9, 2012
    Why the hell did you shoot? Would have swept over him low - low, he could have tumbled himself.
    1. +5
      November 9, 2012
      Quote: antiaircrafter
      Would have swept over him low - low, he could have tumbled himself.


      Sasha needs to fly like that, a drone is not an aircraft carrier so that it’s low over him
      1. 0
        November 9, 2012
        Well, you know .... you need to learn !!! wink
  9. buga1979
    +2
    November 9, 2012
    would like to fill up the blockages there is nothing to even think
    1. +1
      November 9, 2012
      Cannons are not so easy ...
  10. +2
    November 9, 2012
    "in line with longstanding US practice and commitments to ensure regional security"

    declared the US State Department, unleashing a new war, to destroy terrorists civilians
  11. +2
    November 9, 2012
    A peaceful American drone made a friendly flight in international airspace, probably studied fish!
  12. 0
    November 9, 2012
    They studied poorly, and missed, but seriously, shooting down planes (even unmanned ones) in international airspace is robbery.
  13. Zlu
    Zlu
    0
    November 9, 2012
    I get on such amers !!! also me peaceful reconnaissance missions. and the Iranians are lined with rabid aggressors
  14. cool.ya-nikola
    +1
    November 9, 2012
    monitored the situation in the Persian Gulf

    Actually, I have a big disagreement with geography, and as far as I can remember, the Persian Gulf is somewhere between New York and Boston. So, of course, the Yankees are absolutely right, with all their might defending their historical frontiers from presumptuous, arrogant Persians! After all, if these scoundrels are not ostracized in time, they can reach the point that they will start shooting down absolutely peaceful American bombers! And, as one character used to say: - "I can’t afford it! ..."
    And therefore, of course:
    The United States "has extensive capabilities to protect its military forces and assets" and is ready to use them when necessary.

    Who would doubt that? The whole world knows that the United States never attacks anyone, - it always, only defends itself "if necessary"! ... Well, just like in the song: "You won't touch us, we won't touch, well, you will touch us, - the descent we will not give! " stop
  15. Diesel
    0
    November 9, 2012
    Again provocations ...... But why couldn’t they bring down? Su25 should such a thing be brought down, he could have p60 and a gun he could, was it dark most likely? or didn’t want to?
  16. wax
    +1
    November 9, 2012
    Iran warned the United States.
    1. wall
      +2
      November 9, 2012
      And the US warned Iran. There is nothing to discuss here. And then for some commentators on the branch, almost a global conspiracy began to seem in connection with this incident.
      1. Green
        0
        November 9, 2012
        There is such a situation in Iran that they themselves do not know what is better, to continue this economic agony, or to fight. But the US is cold and rather quiet, warned. No more. Yusovtsy guys with a cold head and good planning. They will hit then when it is convenient for them, and they will fight on their own terms.
        1. wall
          0
          November 9, 2012
          Thanks for the valuable geopolitical information, but I wrote about something else in my post.
  17. -3
    November 9, 2012
    it’s necessary to throw this drone with stones, it would be laughter if it were. drone Iranian stone shot down or at worst from his grandfather's gun
    1. Green
      0
      November 9, 2012
      It would be ridiculous, of course, only they couldn’t even go on the campaign. But you, of course, will knock him off with a hat. We saw your hat! WOW GO GO HAT!
  18. predator.2
    +1
    November 9, 2012
    Where is America and where is the Persian Gulf? and what did this drone lose there? It’s a pity that they didn’t bring down!
  19. +4
    November 9, 2012
    Quote: Slevinst
    it’s necessary to throw this drone with stones, it would be laughter if it were. drone Iranian stone shot down or at worst from his grandfather's gun

    I don’t presume to say for sure, but I remember it in Japan, like in Okinawa in the 70s of the last century, a local dedugan got into the habit of knocking off the Amer’s flying Intruders from the self-made ZKK (anti-aircraft stone complex), consisting of a pipe with a powerful spring inside and a simple lock, from heaven Inside, a good grandfather fell asleep on pebbles from the shore. As you know, planes taking off in the afterburner eagerly suck everything into the engines in a row. The reason for these hostile actions was the expansion of the runway, and the dedugan’s house stood under a cliff on the shore and planes passed above it at an altitude of 20-30 meters ... I remember that a Japanese court of an old samurai acquitted and ordered the amers to move the house to another place ..
    It would be interesting to rummage in the corresponding classified archives and read the presentation on the grandfather to the GSS! feel
  20. +1
    November 9, 2012
    Maybe they hoped that Iran would bring it down so that there was a reason for the war, but somehow it didn’t succeed. The elections passed.
    1. Tirpitz
      +1
      November 9, 2012
      Now you can find a reason for war without substituting people. Although the drone is somehow too small for war.
      1. 0
        November 9, 2012
        Well, maybe they are planning to attack after a "series" of downed UAVs), as they say, let's see, I don't think that this provocation was precisely with the aim of unleashing a war, but this option cannot be avoided.
  21. KRAVEN333
    +2
    November 9, 2012
    The Pentagon is overwhelmed. I very much doubt that 2 planes, if they wanted, could not bring down the drone. There was an extra reason to trump.
  22. +2
    November 9, 2012
    A passenger plane is needed to unleash a conflict, I think soon we will see this
  23. +1
    November 9, 2012
    As usual, this is an American provocation. We are waiting for what reason the Americans will come up with to unleash a military conflict. Sincerely.
  24. +1
    November 10, 2012
    that’s because they are preoccupied with security around the world. probably climbed into Iran, otherwise why would they shoot.

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