One day after a U.S. F/A-18 Super Hornet shot down a Syrian Air Force SU-22, the United States has announced its third air-to-air victory in just weeks. A U.S. F-15E Strike Eagle intercepted and shot down an Iranian Shaheed-129 UAV over Southern Syria on Monday, after the drone’s presence was assessed to be a threat to U.S-backed forces in the area.
The armed drone was the same model shot down by American forces earlier this month, after it dropped munitions in the vicinity of coalition partnered forces with no ISIS targets in the area. On Monday, however, the American F-15E intercepted the drone as it was advancing on a coalition position. When the drone did not divert its course upon intercept, the American fighter shot it down before it could attempt any sort of attack.
The U.S. led coalition confirmed the incident on Tuesday, claiming the “armed pro-regime Shaheed-129 UAV was shot down by a U.S. F-15E Strike Eagle at approximately 12:30 a.m. after it displayed hostile intent and advanced on Coalition forces.”
According to their statement, Coalition Forces were manning an established combat outpost to the northeast of At Tanf, which is the same area U.S. fighters shot down a Shaheed-129 UAV on June 8th after it attempted to bomb coalition troops.