Commander of Khatam-ul Anbia military base Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili said on Friday that the countryˈs air defense bases tried to hack and capture the Israeli drone before shooting it down finally, IRNA reported.
Speaking in a state TV program, Esmaili noted that the countryˈs air defense bases traced the Israel drone for about 41 minutes after entrance to Iranˈs territory.
Had the Israeli drone been shot down immediately after entrance, Iran could not have the wreckage and the camera data, the commander added.
Iran landed an RQ-170 Sentinel drone belonged to NATO by hacking its GPS in 2011.
On Sunday, Iranˈs Revolutionary Guards Corps said it shot down an Israeli drone near the countryˈs uranium enrichment facility in Natanz, some 240 kilometers (150 miles) south of the capital, Tehran.