Iran announced in 2016 that it had captured another U.S. Scanning Eagle UAV, but did not release more specific information. Although the scanner hawk captured in this time is not as high-end as the last Sentinel, it is equipped with photoelectric probes with omni-directional and local amplification capabilities, and is equipped with silent engines, which Iran has copied a lot. In November 2018, Brigadier General Amir Ali Hayzad, commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Aerospace Force, announced the seizure of an American MQ-9 Death UAV. Some netizens joked about this: Iranian version of MQ - will soon be born.
In June, Iran announced that it had shot down the U.S. Global Hawk UAV, and then displayed some collected debris. This time, a RQ-4C Global Hawk, also known as the Sea God reconnaissance aircraft, was shot down. It was equipped not only with the Hughes integrated search and reconnaissance system, but also with the related communication system. It belonged to the strategic UAV with a high level of confidentiality in US military weapons. However, the wreckage on display did not contain key equipment such as reconnaissance equipment and communication equipment, which did not rule out Irans failure to show it to the outside world in order not to stimulate the United States excessively. According to the official Iranian news agency Tasnim, the UAV was shot down by Irans Said-3 anti-aircraft missile, and the Said-3 missile that shot down the Global Hawk was matched with the Hordad-3 air defense system, a self-developed Iranian air defense system equipped with a powerful phased array. Radar allows missiles to simultaneously fire a total of eight missiles at four targets. The detection distance of the system is between 50 and 75 kilometers, which can effectively intercept air targets of 25 to 30 kilometers. The Said-3 anti-aircraft missile, with a range of 120-150 km, costs only $2,500, which is negligible compared with the $130 million cost of the Global Hawk.
According to Russian media reports, on July 2, Russian Border Air Defense Radar captured the RQ-4 Global Hawk UAV of the Canadian Air Force. The news is surprising. The front foot of the Global Hawk was shot down in Iran and the back foot was found by Russia. Who would have thought that Irans shooting down the Global Hawk would make the United States slightly more restrained would have gone to Russia to reconnaissance. In fact, it is nothing new for US UAVs to break into Russias borders to investigate, and Russias invasion of such UAVs has already made perfect, and has prepared a variety of means for them. Although Russia did not shoot down American UAVs, it often played tricks on them by various means. More Russian fighter planes accompanied the U.S. UAVs, and also made relevant videos, which made the United States quite disgraced. Russian media also reported that the Russian government had asked Iran to hand over the wreckage of the American Global Hawk to Russia. The United States has also reported on relevant websites that Iran plans to hand over the Global Hawk to Russia. Reported that Russia is very interested in the wreckage and system of the drone that was shot down. Although the debris was shot down, some electronic components were not damaged. If Russia gets the relevant debris, it is expected to develop more effective weapons against U.S. drones and other fighter aircraft.