Iran says captures 2 US-made miniature surveillance drones
DUBAI (REUTERS) - Iran has captured two miniature US-made surveillance drones over the past 17 months, Iranian media reported on Wednesday.
Several drone incidents over the past year have highlighted tension in the Gulf as Iran and the United States flex their military capabilities in the vital oil exporting region in a standoff over Iran's disputed nuclear programme.
The lightweight RQ11 Raven drones were brought down by Iranian air defence units in separate incidents in August 2011 and November 2012, Rear Admiral Amir Rastegari told Fars news agency.
"Much of the data of these drones has been decoded by the Army's jihad and research centre," he said, without elaborating.