Iran flew a drone over a US aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf, capturing detailed footage of fighter jets aligned on the deck,
Iran flew a drone over a US aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf, capturing detailed footage of fighter jets aligned on the deck, crewmen on board and other military equipment, according to a report.
Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corp, which said its drone filmed the warship as it sailed through the Strait of Hormuz, released the footage on Wednesday, the Express reported.
At one point the drone hovered over the carrier as a US Navy helicopter prepared to take off or land.
Other footage from the drone shows it tracking in its crosshairs a support vessel sailing alongside the carrier. It appeared from the recording that no one aboard the warship noticed the drone flying overhead.
A second recording released by the Revolutionary Guard Corps shows kamikaze drones striking targets, including a tank. Iran has used drones to attack targets on the ground and missiles in the air.
In January, Iran’s military announced two-days of drills involving combat and surveillance unmanned aircraft and kamikaze drones.
The US Navy in July 2019 said it may have downed two Iranian drones in the Strait of Hormuz.
Military officials said the USS Boxer targeted the drones that were flying too close and said they are “confident we brought down one drone, we may have brought down a second.”