|Downed Israeli spy drone was a Hermes type: IRGC aerospace commander||
TEHRAN - The Israeli pilotless aircraft which was downed by the IRGC Aerospace Force was a Hermes-type drone, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force commander announced on Monday.
Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh said the operational range of Hermes drones is 800 kilometers and it can fly 1,600 kilometers by refueling once, IRNA reported.
“Parts of the aircraft have burnt out after it was targeted by the ground-to-air missiles of the IRGC Aerospace Force. Yet, some parts of the drone are intact and we are now analyzing the information and Intel of these parts,” the general stated.
The commander stated that the drone, which is 5.5 meters wide in wings, is equipped with two cameras and can take high-quality photos, IRNA reported.
“There was no prior information available about the aircraft and the only one of this type had been downed earlier in Syria, but this one is more advanced,” General Hajizadeh said.
The Elbit Systems Hermes 450 is an Israeli medium size multi-payload UAV, designed for tactical long endurance missions. It has a flight endurance of over 20 hours, with a primary mission of reconnaissance, surveillance and communications relay, according to General Hajizadeh.
The IRGC Aerospace Force shot down the Israeli spy drone before it could reach the Natanz nuclear enrichment facility, in central Iran, on Sunday.
The IRGC Public Relations Department said in a statement on Sunday that the Israeli pilotless aircraft was a radar-evading, stealth drone with the mission to spy on Iran's enrichment activities by flying over the Natanz nuclear enrichment plant. It also pointed out in its statement that the Israeli hostile aircraft has been targeted by a surface-to-air missile.
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