Also in this playlist...
This transcript is automatically generated
First though top secret US technology is now in the hands of the Iran -- Military officials confirming tonight to Fox News the Islamic republic has indeed gotten a hold of a sentinel drone similar to this one.
That went missing last week.
One official calls it a big prize for Iran.
Iran state run media reports their forces shot it down.
But a senior US official says that is not what happened according to the source to drone probably.
Landed on its own with a little damage.
That means Iran now has some of our military's most sophisticated equipment.
Tim Griffin is live -- -- at the Pentagon the thinking is this thing.
Would've run out of gas -- just sort of glided down in -- how do we know that that's what happened to that this thing still intact largely.
Well I've not heard that it ran out of gas but what -- what I'm being told by a senior US military.
Source who has knowledge of of this incident.
Is that it essentially broke its tether it we had lost contact with his handlers.
And the way these things are built they're very stable very predictable there's no evidence that the Iranians shot down.
This aircraft but the way the sentinel is built essentially has led.
Pentagon officials to conclude that it most likely did.
Eventually glide down -- -- this kind of aircraft does not fall in a spiral and crash the way an F sixteen -- fighter jet would.
As this source put it it wants to live.
As a result the Iranians are likely telling the truth when they say that that the -- was on damaged when Atlanta to.
First for context Jennifer how how big a piece of technology would this be for the Iranians to have -- a loss.
This is a huge loss according to this military source that I spoke to this evening.
It puts in -- if you to put it in context it puts the loss of the stealth.
Helicopter tail that was lost in the bin Laden raid he put it makes it look like a pittance according to this source.
That -- was shared with the Chinese shortly after the bin Laden raid.
But again according to this source this is a six million dollar aircraft that was built by Lockheed Martin -- very few pictures of it.
And it is assumed that the Iranians.
Will likely share this technology with the Russians and Chinese and could reverse engineer it -- that they'll be pictures now Jim Griffin at the Pentagon Jennifer --
Filter by section