ANALYSIS: USAF F-15E shoots down Iranian drone over Syria

When an Iranian drone approached US special forces operating in Syria in late August, a Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle assigned to the 48th Fighter Wing was scrambled to shoot it down. Babak Taghvaee delves into the shootdown and the Iranian drone problem.

On August 21, 2021, an unknown unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) approached the US Army Mission Support Site Green Village in Deir Ez-Zor, eastern Syria. According to Pentagon sources, the drone was Iranian. This incursion led to a pair of US Air Force (USAF)-operated F-15E Strike Eagles from the 48th Fighter Wing (FW) at RAF Lakenheath, Suffolk, being scrambled to the area, where the UAV was shot down.

48th FW F-15E departs Al Dhafra 30-04-21 [USAF/Staff Sgt Zade Vadnais]
A USAF-operated F-15E Strike Eagle - serial 91-0308 - assigned to the 332nd AEW's 494th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron (EFS) departs Al Dhafra AB, UAE, to support regional security operations on April 30, 2021. USAF/Staff Sgt Zade Vadnais

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