Iranian Forces Shot Down a Foreign Drone; US Weapons in Yemen; Russia Offers India Naval Technology
PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on November 8 in last twelve hours from BulgarianMilitary.com:
Iran downs drone over southern port city – IRNA
Iranian forces shot down a foreign drone over the port city of Mahshahr in its southern Khuzestan province on Friday, state news agency IRNA reported, quoting an Iranian official.
“The downed drone definitely belonged to a foreign country. Its wreckage has been recovered and is being investigated,” Khuzestan Governor Gholamreza Shariati, said, according to IRNA.
Iranian media earlier reported that the army had shot down a drone over Mahshahr, without providing further details.
The official and Iranian news outlets did not say which country it came from or whether it was a military or civilian drone.
The U.S. Central Command said no U.S. drone had been shot down and all had been accounted for.
“Alleged reports of a U.S. drone being shot down are incorrect. If a UAS had gone down in the CENTCOM AOR it was not a #DoD asset,” Central Command said in a statement.
Iran’s arch-foe Israel declined to comment on the incident.
US weapons shipment arrives in Yemen despite Congress objections
Leaked footage purportedly shows a weapons cargo, including US-made vehicles being shipped into the Saudi-controlled Yemeni port city of Aden last week.
The secretly filmed footage appears to show the arrival of an arms shipment intended for the Saudi-led coalition, including what resembles the American-made Oshkosh armoured vehicle, known as MRAP.
CNN reported that multiple witnesses said that the Saudi-supported Yemeni authorities have made a number of arrests in a bid to identify those responsible for leaking the footage to the media. The vessel, identified as the Saudi-registered Bahri Hofuf, is known to have stopped at the Saudi port city of Jeddah on 17 September before sailing on to Port Sudan the following day, CNN said, citing port documents, tracking data and whistle-blower accounts. The ship’s tracking system was then turned off before being switched on again in Aden on 29 October.
Russia offers India technology to build advanced minesweepers made of composite materials
Russia has offered India to build a series of composite Alexandrit-E minesweepers at an Indian shipyard with the subsequent transfer of technology, Russia’s state arms seller Rosoboronexport told TASS on Friday.
“Yes, this is our official proposal on building minesweepers of this Project in India with the transfer of technologies,” a Rosoboronexport spokesperson said.
The Defenseworld.net website earlier reported that Russia had made its offer at a session of the Russian-Indian inter-governmental commission for military cooperation on November 6. According to the website, 12 new-generation minesweepers can be built to replace the Indian Navy’s Pondicherry-class ships. The Alexandrit-E minesweepers are intended to be constructed at a shipyard of India’s Goa Shipyard Limited.
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Source: Reuters, MEMO, TASS