An unmanned U.S. Navy plane was shot down as it flew over the Ormuz Strait in international airspace, ABC News reported Thursday, quoting a U.S. official.

Hours after the Guardians of Iran’s Revolution announced the shoot down of a U.S. aircraft dedicated to espionage operations, the official confirmed the incident, which occurs in the midst of growing tension between the two countries.

According to the journalistic version, the ship that was hit Thursday by a surface-to-air missile is an MQ-4C Triton of the United States Navy. ABC News explained that the MQ-4C Triton is an unarmed surveillance aircraft capable of operating at altitudes of up to 60,000 feet and is a version of the Air Force’s RQ-4 Global Hawk reconnaissance craft.

The Guardians said in a statement that the drone entered Iranian airspace early Thursday, flying over the Koohe Mobarak region in the southern province of Hormozgan. The Aerospace Force of this elite military corps was in charge of firing against the apparatus, described in the note as a U.S. “Global Hawk” type spy plane.


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