Pentagon: Iranian Warplanes Fired on U.S. Drone
- Duration 2:01
- Date Nov 9, 2012
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Well it's a good question John I don't have the impression that the Pentagon.
Ever really wanted to talk about this incident but -- source Bart -- and get wind of the incident were asking questions about it and that's when we.
Heard officially from pentagon spokesman George Little.
It's gonna come up in the White House plan but -- -- -- this incident because of them.
Before the election to the White House giving you any guidance in terms of whether he really sees -- Patricia Hansen.
I think I've said this at least 2345.
We don't typically comment on classified surveillance missions -- American and get into.
To plus -- level that occurred between this department and the White House they were informed us earlier on.
At the same time little said that this was a routine surveillance mission.
Over at the maritime straights so it's not clear why such a mission would have been classified time.
Pretty hard to understand how the Iranians missed if they sent jets after this thing that they ought to be able to blow it out of this guy if they wanted to.
Well it's not clear whether they intentionally missed or whether they're really bad shots.
What we do know is that those two SU 25.
Fighter jets Iranian fighter jets circled twice around the predator.
-- pentagon says it was sixteen miles off the coast of Iran in international waters.
They circled twice.
These jets -- you know fly about 500 miles per hour the predator is very slow it moves at a 135.
Miles per hour.
It's highly maneuverable but it's slow.
We're told by the Pentagon spokesman that the Iranian planes fired twice but missed so the question is did they intend to miss or again are they bad shots.
Then we're told they followed the predator for a bit that also -- a little hard to visualize because the SU twenty fives but fives fly so much faster than the drowned.
Also if they did fire at the US aircraft in international waters it's hard to see how that's not viewed as an act of war John.