U.S. officials confirms Iranian missile shoots down MQ-4C Triton drone

The U.S. officials have confirmed that the U.S. unmanned aircraft has been shot down by an Iranian surface-to-air missile while in international airspace over the Strait of Hormuz.

Reuters news agency, quoting U.S. officials, reported the drone was a U.S. Navy MQ-4C Triton high-altitude unmanned aircraft system. No further details were immediately available, including the time of the shoot-down.

Reuters also added that the aircraft’s manufacturer, Northrop Grumman, says on its website that the Triton can fly for over 24 hours at a time, at altitudes higher than 10 miles, with an operational range of 8,200 nautical miles.

Earlier, Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) said it had shot down a US drone over Iranian airspace, near Kuhmobarak in the southern province of Hormozgan.

The IRGC announced in a statement on Thursday that the US-made Global Hawk surveillance drone was brought down by its Air Force near the Kouh-e Mobarak region in the Central district of Jask after the aircraft violated Iran’s airspace.

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