Washington (AFP) – A US warship might have introduced down two Iranian drones in a stand-off within the Gulf final week that Iran has disputed, the commander of regional forces mentioned Tuesday.
“We’re assured we introduced down one drone, we might have introduced down a second,” Normal Kenneth McKenzie, the CENTCOM commander, informed CBS information in an interview aboard the united statesBoxer, the vessel on the heart of the incident.
“As all the time it was a fancy tactical image, we imagine two drones. We imagine two drones had been efficiently — there might have been extra that we’re not conscious of — these are the 2 that we engaged efficiently,” McKenzie mentioned.
CBS mentioned the drones had been reportedly introduced down by an digital sign or pulse that disabled their flight controls. One drone disappeared from US navy radars whereas the second was seen hitting the water.
Iran, which final month shot down a US Predator drone that it mentioned had ventured into its airspace, has denied that it misplaced any of its personal unmanned aerial autos, after President Donald Trump introduced that the united statesBoxer had downed one.
Amid hovering tensions within the area, Trump mentioned he had referred to as off strikes towards Iran on the final minute in response to the destruction of the US drone.
A sequence of assaults on oil tankers within the strategically very important waterway, in addition to Iran’s seizure of a British-flagged tanker in retaliation for Britain impounding one in every of its personal vessels in Gibraltar, have turned the Gulf right into a powder keg.