President of the United States (US) Donald Trump on Thursday announced that an amphibious ship belonging to the US Navy destroyed an Iranian drone as it was entering the Strait of Hormuz.
“I want to apprise everyone of an incident in the Strait of Hormuz today, involving USS Boxer, a US Navy amphibious assault ship. The BOXER took defensive action against an Iranian drone,” Trump said.
The drone, he added, was destroyed after it approached within 1,000 yards (914 meters) of the Boxer, as it was "threatening the safety of the ship and the ship's crew."
The drone was destroyed using electronic jamming, according to a US defense official.
Soon after Trump’s announcement, the Pentagon released a statement about the drone downing.
"At approximately 10 a.m. local time, the amphibious ship USS Boxer was in international waters conducting a planned inbound transit of the Strait of Hormuz. A fixed wing unmanned aerial system (UAS) approached Boxer and closed within a threatening range. The ship took defensive action against the UAS to ensure the safety of the ship and its crew," Chief Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman wrote.
Meanwhile, Tehran's top diplomat, Mohammad Javad Zarif, told reporters he had "no information about losing a drone today," as he arrived at the United Nations (UN) headquarters for a meeting with Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Seyed Abbas Araghchi tweeted on Friday that he was "worried that USS Boxer has shot down their own UAS by mistake!"
"Contrary to Trump's delusional and groundless claim, all drones belonging to the Islamic Republic of Iran in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, including the one mentioned by the US President, have returned to their bases safe and sound after carrying out their scheduled surveillance and control operations," Brigadier General Abolfazl Shekarchi said, according to Mehr News.
During last month, Tehran downed the US military’s MQ-4C Triton drone. While Iran claimed that the drone was flying over its airspace, US stated that the drone was shot down while it was flying in the international airspace.
The Iranian army has received the first batch of the country-made Mohajer-6 ISTAR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance) drone capable of carrying two precision-guided bombs. The Iran Army Ground Forces, on Wednesday, received the drones, previously used only by Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Mehr news agency reported
Days after an Iranian air defence missile brought down a US Global Hawk surveillance drone, Iraq has sought technical collaboration from Tehran to develop air defence systems. The cooperation, highlighted during the visit last week of of Deputy Commander of the Iraqi Army Tariq Abbas Ibrahim Abdulhussein, would potentially include production, training, logistical support in various fields, including electronic warfare operations, radar operation, optical surveillance, command and control, radar calculations, and software
The United States Cyber Command launched a retaliatory cyber-attack against an Iranian intelligence group on Thursday, who are allegedly responsible for bombing oil tankers on May 12 off the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the Gulf of Oman. A report published by Yahoo News stated that an undisclosed intelligence group tied to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) reportedly “hacked” into US marine traffic tracking websites
The United States (US) has green signalled South Koreas request to provide Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) for its fleet of Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Block 30 Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPS) for $950 million. “The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to the Republic of Korea of Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) for RQ-4 Block 30 Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPS) for an estimated cost of $950 million,” Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said in a
South Korea is likely to send its naval destroyer to join United States-led anti-Iran coalition forces in the Strait of Hormuz in August to guard oil tankers sailing through the sea passage, South Korean media have reported. “It is obvious that we have to protect our ships passing through the Strait of Hormuz, isnt it? So were considering various possibilities,” deputy ministry spokesman Ro Jae-cheon said on Monday
The United States (US) has used its new Light Marine Air Defense Integrated System (LMADIS) anti-drone electronic warfare system to bring down the Iranian drone from its amphibious naval ship. “The encounter is the first known kill by a new generation of electronic warfare and directed energy weapons the US has developed over the last decade to handle the daunting problem of how to counter voluminous, low-end threats without resorting to waste high-dollar missiles,” naval analyst and retired Navy officer Thomas Callender told USNI News on Friday
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