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  • The Drone That Crashed Into A S.W.A.T. Team's Tank

    03/05/2012 6:47:06 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 17 replies
    Forbes ^ | 5 Mar 2012 | Kashmir Hill
    Last September, members of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office in Texas drove out to a training facility run by Vanguard Defense Industries. The air must have been full of excitement. The sheriff’s office was just a month away from getting its very own drone from Vanguard: a $300,000 Shadowhawk helicopter, paid for by a grant from the Department of Homeland Security. Members of the sheriff’s office were there to see Vanguard fly some of its drones and to take promotional photos with a model of their-soon-to-be-acquired Shadowhawk. The S.W.A.T. team even brought their BearCat, a scary-looking tank increasingly popular with...
  • US Drone Crashes in NW Pakistan: Official

    02/25/2012 10:01:20 AM PST · by kristinn · 14 replies
    AFP ^ | Saturday, February 25, 2012
    MIRANSHAH, Pakistan — A US drone crashed in northwest Pakistan's tribal district near the Afghan border late Saturday, officials said. The unmanned aircraft came down in the mountainous Machikhel area about 30 kilometres (20 miles) east of Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan region, which is frequently targeted by drone strikes against Taliban and Al-Qaeda militants, military and security officials said. "A US drone crashed, apparently due to some technical fault," a military official in the northwestern city of Peshawar told AFP. Security officials in the region confirmed the crash saying it fell in the mountains. The crash site...
  • Animal rights group says drone shot down

    02/18/2012 3:35:27 PM PST · by Makana · 36 replies
    The Times and Democrat ^ | February 14, 2012 | T&D Staff Report
    A remote-controlled aircraft owned by an animal rights group was reportedly shot down near Broxton Bridge Plantation Sunday near Ehrhardt, S.C. Steve Hindi, president of SHARK (SHowing Animals Respect and Kindness), said his group was preparing to launch its Mikrokopter drone to video what he called a live pigeon shoot on Sunday when law enforcement officers and an attorney claiming to represent the privately-owned plantation near Ehrhardt tried to stop the aircraft from flying. "It didn't work; what SHARK was doing was perfectly legal," Hindi said in a news release. "Once they knew nothing was going to stop us, the...
  • Animal rights group says drone shot down

    02/18/2012 3:35:23 PM PST · by Makana · 5 replies
    The Times and Democrat ^ | February 14, 2012 | T&D Staff Report
    A remote-controlled aircraft owned by an animal rights group was reportedly shot down near Broxton Bridge Plantation Sunday near Ehrhardt, S.C. Steve Hindi, president of SHARK (SHowing Animals Respect and Kindness), said his group was preparing to launch its Mikrokopter drone to video what he called a live pigeon shoot on Sunday when law enforcement officers and an attorney claiming to represent the privately-owned plantation near Ehrhardt tried to stop the aircraft from flying. "It didn't work; what SHARK was doing was perfectly legal," Hindi said in a news release. "Once they knew nothing was going to stop us, the...
  • Eight ‘foreigners’ killed in second N.Waziristan drone strike

    02/16/2012 5:38:32 AM PST · by csvset · 4 replies
    Dawn ^ | 16 Feb 2012 | Wire
    MIRANSHAH: Two US drone strikes struck suspected militants in Pakistan’s tribal badlands on Thursday, killing at least 13 fighters in North Waziristan near the Afghan border, officials said. The aircraft fired missiles hours apart on separate targets in what is considered the premier bastion of Taliban and al Qaeda in Pakistan as the government in Islamabad welcomed the Afghan and Iranian leaders for a summit. Five militants were killed in the first attack that destroyed a compound in Spalga town near Miranshah and at least eight died in the second attack on a vehicle near the town of Mir Ali,...
  • US data in Iranian hands after downed drone?

    02/13/2012 6:58:20 PM PST · by U-238 · 34 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2/10/2012 | Catherine Herridge
    The 10-week investigation into the downing of a CIA drone in Iran is raising questions as to whether the malfunctions inadvertently may have handed the Iranians not only the aircraft but its data. Based on the review, a former intelligence official told Fox News that investigators think one of the drone's three major "data streams" began sending back bad information to its U.S.-based operator. A leading question is whether the bad data caused the drone's operator to inadvertently land the aircraft. But it also raises the possibility that the faulty data stream could have prevented the drone from dumping the...
  • Iran sends toy drone to Obama

    02/09/2012 8:14:34 AM PST · by traumer · 5 replies
    Iran is sending a US drone it captured in December home - with a small makeover. Mocking requests to return the drone, a local toy company plans to send a miniature pink model of the RQ-170 Sentinel to US President Barack Obama. Seyyed Saeed Hassan-pour, head of the cultural department of the Aaye Company, which is making the toy , says, "We wanted for Mr. Obama himself to have these toys and know that Iranians don't leave anyone's requests unanswered. We made the 'RQ' in pink as it is Mr. Obama's favourite colour and we will send it to him...
  • US drone strike kills 10 ‘Haqqani’ militants in Waziristan

    02/08/2012 4:41:55 AM PST · by csvset · 6 replies
    Dawn ^ | 8 feb 2012 | Wire
    MIRAMSHAH: A US drone attack targeting a militant compound killed 10 insurgents in a troubled Pakistani tribal region on Wednesday, security officials said. Moreover, a BBC Urdu report quoted local authorities as saying that those killed in the strike were militants from the Haqqani network. Two missiles hit the compound located in Tappi, 10 kilometres southeast of Miramshah, the main town in volatile North Waziristan near the Afghan border, a military official in Peshawar said. “The attack triggered fire in the compound and 10 militants were killed,” the official told AFP on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised...
  • Huge Israeli drone that can reach Iran crashes

    01/29/2012 1:56:37 PM PST · by nuconvert · 29 replies
    -excerpt- It has a wingspan of 86 feet (26 meters), making it the size of a Boeing 737 passenger jet.
  • Iranian company wants to send toy drone to Obama

    01/19/2012 6:41:46 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 14 replies
    CNN ^ | January 18, 2012 | Shirzad Bozorgmehr
    Tehran, Iran (CNN) -- An Iranian non-profit company says it will honor U.S. President Barack Obama's request that Iran return a drone that crashed there last year. But instead of the actual drone, the company says it will send miniature toy versions. A lot of them. "We plan to send a full squadron of 12 to the White House for President Obama as a present," said Reza Kioumarsi, a spokesman for the Aaye Art Group, a Tehran-based non-profit, non-governmental company that makes novelty items. The company is trying to determine what Obama's favorite color is before sending the drones, which...
  • Iran To Give US A Model Of Downed American Drone

    01/17/2012 4:37:24 AM PST · by edpc · 31 replies · 1+ views
    KFOX TV ^ | 17 Jan 2012 | AP
    TEHRAN, Iran — Iranian state radio says Tehran will give the United States a model of the American surveillance drone captured by the Islamic Republic. The report Tuesday said the toy model of the RQ-170 Sentinel stealth drone will be sent to the White House in response to a formal request from Washington last month asking Iran to return the aircraft that went down over Iran in December.
  • Pakistan Taliban leader reported dead in US drone strike (Hakimullah Mehsud)

    01/15/2012 10:12:26 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Yahoo New via Associated Press ^ | 01/15/2012 | By ZARAR KHAN,
    ISLAMABAD – Intercepted militant radio communications indicate the leader of the Pakistani Taliban may have been killed in a recent U.S. drone strike, Pakistani intelligence officials said Sunday. A Taliban official denied that. The report coincided with sectarian violence — a bomb blast in eastern Pakistan that killed 14 people in a Shiite religious procession. The claim that the Pakistani Taliban chief was killed came from officials who said they intercepted a number of Taliban radio conversations. In about a half a dozen intercepts, the militants discussed whether their chief, Hakimullah Mehsud, was killed on Jan. 12 in the North...
  • Hakimullah Mehsud possibly dead in US strike

    01/15/2012 8:11:03 AM PST · by csvset · 4 replies
    GEO TV ^ | 15 january 2012
    ISLAMABAD: Pakistani intelligence officials say they have intercepted militant radio communications indicating Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan chief Hakimullah Mehsud may have been killed in a recent US drone strike. The officials said Thursday they overheard Taliban militants in around a half a dozen intercepts discussing whether their chief, Hakimullah Mehsud, was killed on Jan. 12 in the North Waziristan tribal area. Some militants confirmed Mehsud was dead, and one criticised others for talking about the issue over the radio. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to reporters. Pakistani Taliban spokesman Asimullah Mehsud denied the...
  • Under Obama, an emerging global apparatus for drone killing

    12/28/2011 12:55:48 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 5 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 27, 2011 | By Greg Miller
    In the space of three years, the administration has built an extensive apparatus for using drones to carry out targeted killings of suspected terrorists and stealth surveillance of other adversaries. The apparatus involves dozens of secret facilities, including two operational hubs on the East Coast, virtual Air Force­ ­cockpits in the Southwest and clandestine bases in at least six countries on two continents. The rapid expansion of the drone program has blurred long-standing boundaries between the CIA and the military. Lethal operations are increasingly assembled a la carte, piecing together personnel and equipment in ways that allow the White House...
  • US Air Force orders General Atomics Avenger (Iran test?)

    12/28/2011 6:37:47 AM PST · by PreciousLiberty · 25 replies · 1+ views
    flightglobal.com ^ | 12/12/2011 | ZACH ROSENBERG
    The US Air Force has ordered the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Predator C Avenger for deployment to Afghanistan. A single aircraft is being procured, marking what may be the type's first order. Although termed a test aircraft, the order fulfils an urgent request by secretary of defense Leon Panetta for reconnaissance and strike assets. Several untested aircraft and systems have been purchased or deployed under urgent operational requirements, including the Northrop Grumman MQ-8B Fire Scout currently operating in Afghanistan. "This aircraft will be used as a test asset and will provide a significantly increased weapons and sensors payload capacity on...
  • 'US spy drone crashes in Afghanistan'

    12/27/2011 2:06:43 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies · 1+ views
    Press TV ^ | 12/27/2011
    Afghan officials say an American reconnaissance drone has crashed in Afghanistan's southeastern province of Paktia, Press TV reports. A Tuesday statement released by NATO confirmed the incident but claimed that the unmanned aircraft made an emergency landing “due to technical malfunction.” According to locals, US-led forces have cordoned off the site of the incident. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid also claimed that members of the militant group shot down the drone in the Ahmadabad district of the province. The Taliban say they have shot down several aircraft and NATO choppers in different parts of Afghanistan over the past few months. Activities...
  • U.S. Official Says Iran Will Find it Difficult to Exploit Intel in Drone

    12/18/2011 5:11:02 PM PST · by Hunton Peck · 39 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 18, 2011 | unattributed
    WASHINGTON – A U.S. official says Iran will find it hard to exploit any data and technology aboard the captured CIA stealth drone because of measures taken to limit the intelligence value of drones operating over hostile territory. The official also said Saturday that despite Iran's latest claims to have hijacked the RQ-170 Sentinel and brought it down near the eastern Iranian city of Kashmar, the U.S. is convinced that the drone malfunctioned. "The Iranians had nothing to do with it," the official said. The official, who could speak about classified matters only on condition of anonymity, did not provide...
  • Iran may have captured U.S. stealth drone by hacking its GPS

    12/17/2011 6:33:01 PM PST · by upchuck · 20 replies
    Tecca ^ | December 16, 2011 | Mariella Moon
    The CIA and the U.S. military may have a serious security flaw to deal with if an Iranian engineer's story proves to be true. Speaking to Christian Science Monitor (CSM), he detailed how a team of specialists from his country hacked into a U.S. spy drone's GPS navigator in order to capture it. That's the same one the U.S. government claimed has landed in Iran's territory in early December due to a malfunction. The Iranian specialists reportedly figured out that the RQ-170 Sentinel's weakest point is its GPS by examining previously downed American drones back in September. Using this...
  • U.S. Says Drone Crashed, Refuting Iran's Claim

    12/17/2011 1:10:45 PM PST · by indpndtguy · 47 replies · 1+ views
    WSJ ^ | Dec. 16, 2011 | SIOBHAN GORMAN AND ADAM ENTOUS
    WASHINGTON—U.S. officials believe the downed spy drone on display in Iran crashed and broke into several pieces, and the Iranians reassembled it to make it appear as though it landed intact. Officials also believe the Iranians repainted the drone, perhaps to conceal damage done to the body of the plane. In an Iranian video, the drone appears to be white, whereas the actual one is charcoal gray, they said. Iranian officials last week showed video footage of what they said was the downed drone, the RQ-170 Sentinel. They have variously claimed that they shot it down or remotely skyjacked it...
  • Iran: Yes, We Hacked the U.S.'s Drone, and Here's How We Did It

    12/15/2011 9:47:51 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 49 replies
    Daily Tech ^ | December 15, 2011 7:00 PM | Jason Mick (Blog)
    Iran rebuffs skepticism with a detailed description of attack, which experts call "certainly possible" "You are going to tell me what I want to know, it's just a matter of how much you want it to hurt." — Jack Bauer, 24 It sounds like a scene out of a spy movie -- highly trained national paramilitary operatives harshly testing a foreign agent until they break and do their bidding. But that's exactly what Iran is claiming it did to a U.S. Central Intelligence Agency spy drone. In an unconfirmed, yet fascinating report in The Christian Science Monitor, an unnamed "Iranian engineer"...