Before Iran Shot It Down, the US’s $130M Drone Spied on the World

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That drone that Iran shot down was a super-spy behemoth that carries up to $90 million worth of surveillance equipment while flying for 34 hours at a time.

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On Thursday, Iran shot down an RQ-4 Global Hawk drone that the U.S. Navy had been flying near the country’s borders.

American leaders insist that the Northrop Grumman-manufactured drone, which costs about $130 million to make, was over international waters, while Iranian officials say it crossed into Iranian territory, according to The New York Times. Before that, though, the Global Hawk drone served as a heavy-duty autonomous spying platform that highlights the U.S.’ disproportionate worldwide surveillance power.

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