posted on Nov, 8 2012 @ 01:43 PM
reply to post by Northwarden
None of that matters though, if it hadn't penetrated Iranian airspace. The US, and any other nation is allowed to fly any aircraft they want to,
armed or not, in international airspace without fear of it being shot down. If it had penetrated Iranian airspace, and was back out in international
airspace, that's another matter. If it never penetrated their airspace, then the US had every right to fly it where they wanted to.
Depending on the mission, a Predator will fly unarmed or armed. If it's routine maritime patrol, watching out for a ship, or watching for anything
suspicious going on, then there's no reason to arm it. The ship under watch will be more than able to defend itself. If this was the Gulf of Aden,
and it was on an antipiracy patrol, then yes, I would expect it to be armed, and I would say it was a Reaper, not a Predator.