According to Middle Eastern news accounts on twitter, Iran-backed Syrian fighters have shot down the US MQ-4C Triton drone in Syria. The drone is one of the most expensive US drones in production.
It is likely that the MQ-4C Triton drone was shot down from the Buk-M2 complex, reported Rangeload news channel on Twitter.
In a tweet, Iranian news agency U-news said, the US drone was shot down in Aleppo.
The MQ-4C Triton is operated by four operators on the ground. Powered by a Rolls-Royce AE 3007 turbojet engine, the drone has a length of 14.5 meters, a height of 4.6 meters, a wingspan of 39.9 meters and weighs 6 tons 781 kg. It has a speed of 610 km/h, and a cruising speed of 575 km/h; it has a flight range of little more than 15 thousand kilometers.
The MQ-4C Triton UAV was designed and manufactured by Northrop Grumman Corporation
According to a report from The Defensepost, in late July 2021, the drone received a hardware and software update and underwent a successful test flight on July 29. An Integrated Functional Capability-4 multifunction sensor has been installed on it.
Initially reports of the downing of the MQ-4C Triton was denied by the United States, with the US media saying that a prototype of the drone had been shot down.