A Nay Global Hawk lands at Point Mugu in California. Courtesy Northrop Grumman

The sophisticated Global Hawk drone shot down by an Iranian missile was designed by Northrop Grumman in San Diego.

The Navy version of the RQ-4A drone was shot down by an Iranian surface-to-air missile over the Strait of Hormuz at 4:35 p.m. San Diego time on Thursday.

“Iranian reports that the aircraft was over Iran are false,” said Navy Capt. Bill Urban at Central Command. “This was an unprovoked attack on a U.S. surveillance asset in international airspace. ”

The drones have a 48-foot wingspan, a speed of over 300 miles per hour and can remain airborne over 24 hours. They cost over $100 million apiece.

The prototype Global Hawk was completed in 1998 at the former Teledyne Ryan aeronautical facility in San Diego.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.