Skip to comments.Bolton: Iranian Jamming Technology Could Be Worse News Than Downed Drone
Posted on 12/12/2011 6:26:23 AM PST by Just4Him
American officials insist that neither weaponry nor technology brought down a U.S. drone that was flying over Iranian territory earlier this month, but a former U.S. ambassador says if reports are true that Russia provided jamming equipment, the situation becomes all that much worse. "Some reports have said Russia sold (Iran) a very sophisticated jamming system a short time ago," U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton told Fox News on Sunday. "Now, our military says that is not true, it came down because of a malfunction. I certainly hope that's right because if the Russians have provided Iran with sophisticated jamming equipment it means a lot else is at risk too."
Bolton said Congress ought to be concerned if the Iranians are in possession of jamming technology that can bring down missiles, planes and communications and guidance systems "for a whole range of our weapon systems."
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Plus, these things MUST have a “go home” function if communication is lost.
Just suppose that the GPS signal is also jammed and the critter doesn’t know where it is much less where “home” is.
John Bolton should have been on the Presidential primary circuit. Plain talking, no nonsense Republican.
I said from the beginning the drone was jammed by the Iranians. Bolton is right if they can jam our drones , they can probably jam our GPS guided cruise missiles.
The Obama family's investment in LightSquared is paying off?
This would actually be a good thing. We’ve been getting too used to fighting against technologically-inferior opponents, and getting dependent upon weapons systems that rely upon nobody being in a position to jam signal reception: GPS-guided bombs, remote-controlled UAVs, etc, etc.
The drone was an early Christmas gift from “O”-bet on it
The jamming is possible, but highly unlikely. At 50,000ft, the energy levels required are just too high to effectively and reliably jam data links and GPS - especially when you don’t know where the victim of your jamming is located.
The antennas are shielded by the body of the aircraft. Then again, it IS theoretically possible.
I think gyros alone can get it close to home where communication can be re-established. Just guessing.
If the Iranians capability was truly “sophisticated” they would never have leaked a word about it, much less boasted. Boasting, evening when heavily cloaked with disinformation, gives the enemy far too much intelligence. If they had leaked the “feat” to the press, surrounded by a bodyguard of disinformation, it would have served their public relations and intelligence objectives far better.
Everything I've heard about this in the press makes me think the Iranians are definitely delighted by their luck, but they are exploiting it like total amateurs and the Western mainstream media is exhibiting its habitual dilettantism.
I’m sure they have a self contained navigation system that they can home too. Rarely do they sorely rely on GPS because it can be blocked.
“The drone was an early Christmas gift from O-bet on it.”
The One doesn’t give Christmas presents. Kwanzaa, maybe. Eid, for sure.
There’s only one way to find out. Send another.
RADAR TECH.: Sir. The radar, sir. It appears to be... jammed.
HELMET: Jammed? Raspberry. There’s only one man who would dare give me the raspberry. Lone Starr!
And the Queen said: If I had testicles, I could be King.
Goddam sensationalist reporting.