Iran debuts new Thunderbolt attack drone, building up new drone fleet after receiving billions in cash and gold and capturing American technology

Iran debuts new Thunderbolt attack drone, building up new drone fleet after receiving billions in cash and gold and capturing American technology

DENVER—Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have built a new attack drone, which is similar to a US unmanned aerial vehicle that was captured by Iranians. The Tasnim news agency said the “Saegheh,” or Thunderbolt, attack drone was similar to the RQ-170 Sentinel drone. Iran’s state-run Press TV said the long-range drone could carry four precision-guided bombs. Iran claimed to have shot down an RQ-170 drone used by the CIA in December 2011, broadcasting footage of the aircraft. It also claims to have captured three American ScanEagle drones. Tasnim published photos of a US-made MQ-1C drone captured recently by the Revolutionary Guard but didn’t disclose when that drone was captured. Iran is also not releasing figures for the Thunderbolt attack drone’s range.

Advancing Colorado Executive Director Jonathan Lockwood called the latest example of Iranian aggression “a total outrage” and released the following statement:

“After Iran has received billions and billions of dollars in cash and gold, and after they have unacceptably captured American technology, they are building a new attack-drone fleet. Sen. Michael Bennet should be called out, put on the spot and explain exactly why he thinks it is acceptable to continue giving Iranian warlords our hard-earned money. Coloradans have every right to be suspicious of what is going on. It is a total outrage what has gone on since the so-called Iran deal went into effect and American lives are at risk because of the president’s dangerous agenda, of which Bennet has been 100 percent complicit.”

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