Radar-evading US aircraft forced to fly away after warning from Iran
Azerbaijan, Baku, March 12 /Trend S.Isayev, T. Jafarov/
An aircraft that was said to be radar-evading from its manufacturer, was identified by Iran's systems, and given a warning, after which it had to fly away, Fars news agency reported.
According to Commander of Khatam al-Anbiya Air Defense Base Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili, the foreign aircraft was spotted by Iran during the celebrations of 34th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution.
"The aircraft was spotted, and given an appropriate warning," Esmaili said, adding that after receiving the warning, the aircraft flew away.
The General said it was a "Lockheed U-2" US aircraft, that approached the Iran border from Oman.
The Lockheed U-2, nicknamed "Dragon Lady", is a single-engine, high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft operated by the United States Air Force (USAF) and previously flown by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). It provides day and night, very high-altitude (70,000 feet / 21,000 m), all-weather intelligence gathering.
In recent years, Iran has made great achievements in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing essential military equipment and systems.
Esmaili said in February that Iran will unveil an indigenous radar-evading unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in April.
He said at the time that the "Hazem" drone, will be unveiled on April 18 on the National Army Day, adding that the UAV is stealth, enjoys high maneuvering capabilities, and can be used in reconnaissance missions.
Tehran has repeatedly assured other countries that its military might poses no threat to other states, insisting that the Islamic Republic's defense doctrine is entirely based on deterrence.