Update: President Trump just weighed in saying ‘Iran made a very big mistake’. The President has always said the we don’t broadcast our next move to our enemies – perhaps he is following those guidelines.
Calling it an ‘intruding American spy,’ Iran shot down a United States military drone, a move that appears to have escalated the already shaky situation playing out between Washington and Tehran in the Middle East.
CNN reports some outlets are saying the downed drone was a US-made RQ-4 Global Hawk, while the US official said it was a MQ-4C Triton. Both are unmanned surveillance aircraft developed by weapons manufacturer Northrop Grumman.
The head of the Revolutionary Guard Corps, Maj. Gen. Hossein Salami, “The only way for our enemies to be safe is to respect our sovereignty, national security, and the national interests of the great Iranian nation,” adding that the shooting down of US drone sends ‘a clear message’ to America.
The US said the drone was over International waters and was never over Iran’s airspace.
The Race now is on to find the wreckage in water before Iranian forces do. The drone system is highly secretive and expensive.
Iran also tried to shoot down another drone, but missed.