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News number: 9107130527

14:41 | 2012-12-26

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Iran to Display Documentary on Confrontations between IRGC, US Navy

TEHRAN (FNA)- Confrontations between the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) and the US during the last 33 years after the Islamic Revolution in Iran will go on screen in a documentary film called 'Confrontation' for the first time this week.



The documentary directed by Davoud Moradian will be displayed on the third day of the National Ammar Film Festival in Tehran today.

The documentary reviews the history of the US forces' deployment in the region, escort of the Iraqi and Kuwaiti oil tankers during the Iraq-Iran war in the 1980s, their direct conflicts with the IRGC and the Iranian navies, the United States' serious defeats and failures and the reasons why the western political and military officials have avoided any reporting on these clashes and conflicts.

The Iranian Army and IRGC naval forces have tight cooperation in controlling the country's waterways and protecting Iran's interests inside territorial waters and in the high seas.

The IRGC was appointed to defend the Persian Gulf security in 2008. The Iranian army has been tasked with controlling the Sea of Oman and the Caspian Sea, while the full responsibility for defending the Persian Gulf security has been entrusted to the IRGC.

In a latest instance of confrontations between the IRGC and the US on December 4, Commander of the IRGC Navy Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi announced that his forces had hunted a US Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) over the Persian Gulf after the drone violated the country's airspace.

The UAV which had conducted several reconnaissance flights over the Persian Gulf general zone in the past few days was caught and brought under control by air defense units and control systems of the IRGC Navy.

The IRGC navy commander announced that the hunted UAV was a ScanEagle drone, adding that "such drones are usually launched from large warships".

ScanEagle is a small, low-cost, long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle built by Insitu, a subsidiary of Boeing.

As standard payload ScanEagle carries either an inertially stabilized electro-optical or an infrared camera. The gimbaled camera allows the operator to easily track both stationary and moving targets, providing real-time intelligence.

Capable of flying above 16,000 feet, the UAV has also demonstrated the ability to provide persistent low-altitude reconnaissance.

The development came exactly a year after Iran announced on December 4, 2011 that its defense forces had downed a US RQ-170 drone through a sophisticated cyber attack.

The drone was the first such loss by the US. American officials have described the loss of the aircraft in Iran as a setback and a fatal blow to their stealth drone program.

The RQ-170 has special coatings and a batwing shape designed to help it penetrate other nations' air defenses undetected. The existence of the aircraft, which is made by Lockheed Martin, has been known since 2009, when a model was photographed at the main US airfield in Kandahar, Afghanistan.