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Iran to give US a model of downed drone

After US asks Tehran to return RQ-170 Sentinel stealth drone it downed in December, state radio reports toy model will be sent to White House

Iranian state radio said Tehran will give the United States a model of the American surveillance drone captured by the Islamic Republic.


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The report Tuesday said the toy model of the RQ-170 Sentinel stealth drone will be sent to the White House in response to a formal request from Washington last month asking Iran to return the aircraft that went down over Iran in December.


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State radio said the model will be one eightieth the size of the original aircraft. The report says the models also will be sold on the Iranian marked for about 70,000 rials, or around $4.


The Obama administration has asked Iran to return the drone which Tehran says it detected over the eastern part of Iran some 140 miles (225 kilometers) from the Afghan border.


In a recent interview with the Fars news agency, Major-General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF), said that Iran had intelligence indicating the drone would be crossing into its airspace.


He said the UAV sustained "minimal damage" when it was shot down by the IRIAF, adding Iran "knows" that it was controlled by "ground stations in Afghanistan and America."


Hajizadeh stated that the Revolutionary Guards' military experts were "well aware of the valuable technological information on the aircraft."


Dudi Cohen contributed to the report



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