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US drone shot down by Iran turned out to be a secret BAMS-D

The Drive reports that the US strategic reconnaissance drone shot down by Iran is RQ-4A BAMS-D (Broad Area Maritime Surveillance-Demonstrator), an experimental demonstrator based on the development of the advanced MQ-4C Triton flying unmanned aerial vehicle technology .

According to the “The Aviationist”, the RQ-4A BAMS-D formally refers, as well as the RQ-4Q Global Hawk, to HALE (High-Altitude Long Endurance) drones. A distinctive feature of these vehicles is the ability for a long time to be in autonomous flight at high altitude. They have advanced capabilities for exploration, observation and reconnaissance over the sea in real time.

So, the RQ-4A BAMS-D (and MQ-4C Triton), having a glider almost indistinguishable from the RQ-4Q Global Hawk, has signs of UAVs like MALE (Medium-altitude long-endurance). That is, it can operate at altitudes smaller than HALE-type devices.

As follows from the message “The Drive”, equipped with the anti-icing system RQ-4A BAMS-D, they can, remaining almost unnoticed, fly up to enemy targets, including in conditions of high clouds and in bad weather. The publication suggests that the Pentagon did not have plans for declassifying information about the location of the RQ-4A BAMS-D in the Middle East. However, according to The Aviationist, which refers to its own sources, “there were a lot of deployments of BAMS-D drones in the region.”

The US Air Force, reporting a downed 19 June drone, initially called it the RQ-4 (without specifying A or C). At the same time, the Americans note that the drone flew over the international waters of the Gulf of Oman and the Strait of Hormuz. Later, the US military confirmed that it was precisely RQ-4A BAMS-D that was shot down.

As specified in the message, during the interception, "RQ-4 worked at high altitude about 34 kilometers from the nearest land point on the Iranian coast."