OREANDA-NEWS. The news agency ISNA reported that the Iranian military men had shot down an unknown unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) near the port city of Bandar-e Mahshahr in the south-west of the country.

The drone was intercepted by air defense forces early in the morning, November 8th. Local residents said they heard the sound of an explosion.

Later, Major General Alireza Sabahifard, the commander of the Iranian air defense forces, confirmed that an unmanned aerial vehicle was destroyed in the sky above Bandar-e Mahshahr. “It was a decisive response to the invasion of a foreign state in our airspace,” said the officer. At the same time, he did not specify what country the aircraft belonged to. Sabahifard also noticed that the drone did not achieve its goal.

In September 2019, the Commander-in-Chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Major General Hossein Salami said that Iran would shoot down all UAVs that violate the country’s airspace. He also added that Iran has some of the best drone interception systems in the world.

The press service of the Central Command (CENTCOM) of the US Armed Forces wrote on its Twitter page that an unmanned aerial vehicle, shot down by Iran, does not belong to the United States army. “Alleged reports of a U.S. drone being shot down are incorrect. If a UAS (Unmanned aircraft system. – Ed.) had gone down in the CENTCOM AOR (Area of responsibility. – Ed.) it was not a #DoD (Department of Defense. – Ed.) asset. All U.S. equipment has been accounted for,” the publication says.