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Iran capture of US spy drone 'would be significant blow to military'
The Telegraph ^ | 05 Dec 2011 | Ben Farmer

Posted on 12/05/2011 8:59:13 AM PST by americanophile

Tehran claims to have brought down with "little damage" an RQ-170 surveillance drone, considered one of the most secret aircraft in the world, flying inside eastern Iran.

The seizure of the unarmed surveillance drone intact would give access to a treasure trove of classified information including the designs of the aircraft and its payload of sensors.

However it was unlikely the drone had escaped a crash or being shot down without significant damage and its sensitive technology was probably rigged with self-destruct mechanisms, experts added.

Suspicion surrounds the claims because Iran has yet to release any footage of the captured drone or its wreckage.

Nato forces confirmed a drone went missing in Afghanistan near the Iranian border last week, though would not say what kind it was.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; drone; intelligence; iran; rq170

1 posted on 12/05/2011 8:59:22 AM PST by americanophile
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To: americanophile

Story is wrong. This drone is new, but not very secret. Does not have newest generation technology, because it was designed to be cheap and expendable when used in area of good enemy AAA.

Civilian reporter gets military story wrong.......... again!


2 posted on 12/05/2011 9:03:40 AM PST by MindBender26 (Stop bothering me with minor issues. I'm too busy trying to save our country from Obamaism)
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To: americanophile

3 posted on 12/05/2011 9:04:41 AM PST by null and void (This is day 1049 of America's ObamaVacation from reality.)
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To: americanophile

Losing these kinds of things is just a risk that you take. Either that, or you never deploy it, and never get the benefit of its use.


4 posted on 12/05/2011 9:06:20 AM PST by ZX12R (FUBO GTFO 2012 !)
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To: MindBender26
designed to be cheap and expendable when used in area of good enemy AAA.

Yeah. Afghanistan is noted for its advanced radar systems and antiaircraft technology.

5 posted on 12/05/2011 9:06:59 AM PST by null and void (This is day 1049 of America's ObamaVacation from reality.)
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To: americanophile
Can't imagine we didn't plan for one of these being captured!!
6 posted on 12/05/2011 9:08:07 AM PST by HereInTheHeartland (I love how the FR spellchecker doesn't recognize the word "Obama")
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To: americanophile

We understand that all aircraft, vehicles, vessels and personnel can all be captured by the enemy.

We could hand most of our new weapons directly to the Chinese and Russians and they could reverse engineer it, maybe, in a few years. They would then realize they have no way to deploy it and can’t keep using it because they lack the expertise and down range forces to do so.

Where was it written: “Casting pearls in front of swine.”?


7 posted on 12/05/2011 9:08:31 AM PST by gandalftb (11th MEU, 2/4 Echo, TRAP Force)
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8 posted on 12/05/2011 9:12:02 AM PST by allmendream (Tea Party did not send the GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism.)
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To: americanophile

This drone is still being, “tested;” if they have a drone it is not this one.


9 posted on 12/05/2011 9:12:17 AM PST by celmak
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To: americanophile

Butt


10 posted on 12/05/2011 9:18:45 AM PST by The Brush
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To: americanophile

Butt


11 posted on 12/05/2011 9:18:53 AM PST by The Brush
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To: americanophile

Butt


12 posted on 12/05/2011 9:19:00 AM PST by The Brush
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To: americanophile

13 posted on 12/05/2011 9:20:06 AM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: null and void

Afghan AAA:

Machmoodh! I hear a noise. Get your Enfield.


14 posted on 12/05/2011 9:29:17 AM PST by MindBender26 (Stop bothering me with minor issues. I'm too busy trying to save our country from Obamaism)
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To: americanophile

I think maybe the Iranians figured a way to jam the signal needed to fly this thing.

If so that aint good.

It’s hard to say what is going on becaue Iran is known to lie, but so is our intelligence.


15 posted on 12/05/2011 9:32:06 AM PST by Venturer
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To: null and void

“Yeah. Afghanistan is noted for its advanced radar systems and antiaircraft technology.”

NOTE: RPG’s can take out Chinooks..........

A 12.7mm or 14.5mm Heavy Machine gun cand certainly down a dink-ass drone.


16 posted on 12/05/2011 9:37:03 AM PST by roaddog727 (It's the Constitution, Stupid!)
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To: null and void

Horten H.IX circa Spring 1944?


17 posted on 12/05/2011 9:38:18 AM PST by jamaksin
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To: celmak

US military has confirmed it’s a RQ 170 Sentinel.

Most likely a mechanical or computer malfuction, as opposed to a shoot down.

Here’s the story http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/12/05/us-military-sources-iran-has-missing-us-drone/


18 posted on 12/05/2011 9:46:31 AM PST by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Gosh, just how *did* Iran wind up getting that Stuxnet worm? And how did they manage to have two explosions in a period of a week, right in the middle of well-protected classified facilities?

Thanks americanophile.


19 posted on 12/05/2011 11:46:46 AM PST by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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Oh, that big 1982 Siberian explosion? [William Safire]
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1071087/posts


20 posted on 12/05/2011 11:48:17 AM PST by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: americanophile

...its sensitive technology was probably rigged with self-destruct mechanisms...


21 posted on 12/05/2011 11:53:38 AM PST by McGruff (Hold the House, retake the Senate.)
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To: americanophile

The Government needs to stop giving our sh!t away to the enemy.


22 posted on 12/06/2011 8:27:55 PM PST by Del Rapier
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