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Details Emerge on Alleged Israeli Drone in Iran

Iranian Revolutionary Guards official claims the drone has up to a 1,600 km flight range, included high-res cameras.
By Dalit Halevi, Tova Dvorin
First Publish: 8/26/2014, 1:15 AM

(Illustration) Unmanned drone
(Illustration) Unmanned drone
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Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards' Air Force, gave more details about an Israeli drone allegedly shot down over above the Natanz uranium enrichment site Sunday.

Speaking on Monday night, Hajizadeh said that the drone was an Israeli-made "Hermes" drone with a maximum flight range of 1,600 km (994 miles) and a 800-km (500 mile) combat radius. 

The UAV's wings have a 5.5 meter (about 18 feet) wingspan, he added, and two high-quality cameras were mounted on each end to capture precise images. 

The Guards said they had brought down an Israeli stealth drone above the Natanz uranium enrichment site in the center of the country Sunday. 

Hours later, a senior Iranian official said on Sunday that parts of the drone remained intact, despite the fuel having burned much of the drone as it was brought down. 

Hajizadeh added that Iranian intelligence had no prior information about the type of drone was shot down.

Hours earlier on Monday, he indicated that Tehran will arm more Palestinians as "revenge" for the drone find. "We will accelerate the arming of the West Bank and we reserve the right to give any response," he said. 

Natanz is Iran's main uranium enrichment site, housing more than 16,000 centrifuges. Around 3,000 more are at the Fordow plant, buried inside a mountain and hard to destroy.

Israel has often threatened to attack Iranian nuclear installations; however, it has refused to comment on the veracity of the many reports on the drone incident.