The US ScanEagle drone captured by Iran over the Persian Gulf waters in Iranian airspace is seen on display against the background of a Persian Gulf map, December 4, 2012.
The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has fully extracted the data of the US spy drone, it captured over the Persian Gulf on Tuesday.
“Yes, we have fully extracted the drone’s data...,” the IRGC Public Relations Department said on Wednesday, referring to the ScanEagle drone -- a long-endurance aircraft, built by Insitu, a subsidiary of Boeing’s.
“The drone, in addition to gathering military data, used to pursue gathering data in the field of energy, especially the transfer of oil from Iran’s oil terminals,” the department said.
It said that the capture of the aircraft helps discovery of “what kind of data they (the Americans) are after.”
Regarding the US denial of the existence of the aerial vehicle in its drone fleet, the department said, “The reaction, the Americans have to the capture of their drones indicates the importance of this matter to them. This is not something they can easily deny.”
The manner by which the aircraft was captured by the IRGC is very important and “it can even be said that the drone’s getting entangled in the IRGC Navy’s security net is more important than the [capture of] the RQ-170 [Sentinel] drone,” it said, referring to the Iranian military’s last-year downing of an intruding US drone, which was flying over the northeastern Iran city of Kashmar.