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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"...
  • Iran official: We tricked the U.S. surveillance drone to land intact

    12/15/2011 10:32:48 AM PST · by alex2011 · 139 replies
    "The GPS navigation is the weakest point," the Iranian military official told the Monitor, calling the downing an "electronic ambush" of secret drone. "By putting noise [jamming] on the communications, you force the bird into autopilot. This is where the bird loses its brain," he added. The engineer added that the Iranians were able to make the drone land "on its own where we wanted it to, without having to crack the remote-control signals and communications” from the US control center."
  • Cheney: Why didn’t Obama just destroy the drone when he had the chance?

    12/13/2011 12:50:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 13, 2011 | Ed Morrissey
    That’s a good question — and according to former VP Dick Cheney’s contacts, Barack Obama didn’t lack for options to keep the highly-classified drone from falling into the Iranian military’s hands. In an interview with CNN’s Erin Burnett, Cheney wonders why Obama didn’t order an air strike on the downed aircraft while he still had the chance: (VIDEO AT LINK) “The right response to that would have been to go in immediately after it had gone down and destroy it,” he said on CNN’s “Out Front with Erin Burnett.” Instead, Cheney said, “he asked nicely for them to return it....
  • Iran Mocks Obama Who ‘Begged' for Drone

    12/13/2011 11:55:18 AM PST · by sevinufnine · 43 replies · 1+ views
    Israel National News ^ | November 13, 2011 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Iran is having a field day over the latest downed Drone, saying that President Barack Obama “begs to give him back his toy plane.” “Obama is hoping that the Iranian government is in a Christmas mood because he has asked Tehran to send him his Christmas present. Iran mocks Obama who ‘begged' for [his] Drone back,” chided the semi-official Fars News Agency. "We have asked for it back. We'll see how the Iranians respond," Obama said following a meeting at the White House with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
  • U.S. military drone crashes in Seychelles

    12/13/2011 11:17:42 AM PST · by ColdOne · 33 replies
    WaPo ^ | 12/13/11 | Jason Ukman
    One of the Air Force’s premier drones crashed Tuesday morning in the Seychelles, the Indian Ocean archipelago that serves as a base for anti-piracy operations, as well as U.S. surveillance missions over Somalia. The crash of the MQ-9 Reaper comes roughly two weeks after a U.S. drone went down in Iran.
  • U.S. Drone Crashes on Island Off East Africa

    12/13/2011 6:56:00 AM PST · by Just4Him · 42 replies
    FOX ^ | 12/13/2011
  • Report: Iran says it can control the drone

    12/13/2011 5:18:06 AM PST · by Libloather · 62 replies
    CNN ^ | 12/13/11
    Report: Iran says it can control the droneBy the CNN Wire Staff updated 5:29 AM EST, Tue December 13, 2011 (CNN) -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tuesday his country can "control" the U.S. drone aircraft that Iran claims it recently brought down, Venezuelan state TV reported. "There are people here who can control this spy plane, surely we can analyze this plane too," Ahmadinejad told VTV. "The systems of Iran are as advanced as this system." President Barack Obama said Monday that the United States has asked Iran to return the drone aircraft that Iran claims it recently brought...
  • Why Obama Gave Iran A Top Secret US Drone

    12/12/2011 3:25:34 PM PST · by Windflier · 94 replies
    Con Underground ^ | 12 December 2011 | Unknown
    Most of us have long understood that Obama is a traitor to our country and a mole whose not so covert mission is to destroy America. Update : We were right Obama gave Iran the drone There is simply no explanation that makes any kind of sense to explain this individual’s actions other than that. If you cringed at the cavalier attitude with which Obama treated the murder of protesting students at the hands of Iran’s dictatorial regime, if you watched, dumbfounded, pictures of Iranian war ships passing trough the Suez canal at Obama’s request, if you listened in disbelief...
  • Iran Nearly Finished Decoding U.S. Drone, Tehran Claims

    12/12/2011 11:25:30 AM PST · by Qbert · 46 replies
    AP via Fox News ^ | 12/12/2011 | AP
    TEHRAN, IRAN –  Iranian experts are in the final stages of recovering data from the U.S. surveillance drone captured by the country's armed forces, state TV reported Monday. Tehran has flaunted the drone's capture as a victory for Iran and a defeat for the United States in a complicated intelligence and technological battle. Lawmaker Parviz Sorouri, who is on the parliament's national security and foreign policy committee, said Monday the extracted information will be used to file a lawsuit against the United States for the "invasion" by the unmanned aircraft.
  • Aerial Drone Cracks WiFi, Taps Cell Phones: Report

    08/10/2011 11:13:00 AM PDT · by Vob · 15 replies
    Infopackets ^ | 20110809 @ 11:20AM EST | Carlo Orlando
    A rather obscure aviation contraption is making headlines this week by cracking secure wireless Internet (WiFi) and a cell phone networks (GSM), and along with it, a host of personal information and sensitive data. The Wireless Aerial Surveillance Platform (otherwise known as the WASP) is an unmanned vehicle converted to run on batteries instead of gasoline. It has a 6-foot wingspan, a 6-foot length and weighs in at 14 pounds. WASP stores global positioning system (GPS) information that allows it to fly a predetermined course without the assistance of an operator, only requiring human intervention for taking off and landing....
  • 'Iran to reverse-engineer, mass produce US drone'

    Iran will reverse-engineer the US drone it captured on December 4, Iran's Press TV quoted a senior Iranian official as saying Sunday. Parviz Sorouri, member of the Majlis Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy, said that his country will "mass produce" the drones in the near future. He also said that the Iranian version would be "of higher quality" than the original RQ-170 Sentinel, according to the Press TV report.
  • Perry turns Israel argument back on Obama [biggest applause of the Iowa debate]

    12/11/2011 3:36:10 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 105 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | December 11, 2011 | Rick Perry
    Gov. Rick Perry's entire statement about the "loss" of our drone [1:20] Bonus: Perry: Washington DC is the problem [1:16]
  • Loss of drone reveals layer of U.S.-Iran tension

    12/11/2011 4:39:12 AM PST · by nuconvert · 16 replies
    New Haven Register/AP ^ | Dec. 10, 2011
    -excerpt- The covert operations in play are “much bigger than people appreciate,” said Stephen Hadley, former national security adviser under President George W. Bush. “But the U.S. needs to be using everything it can.”
  • Obama Nixed Plan To Destroy Top Secret Drone After It Fell Into Iranian Hands

    Jennifer Griffin of Fox News exposes evidence that Barack Obama wimped-out when faced with a decision to either protect American intelligence and national security or upset the Iranians. “With early knowledge that the aircraft had likely remained intact, the senior U.S. official also told Fox News that President Obama was presented with three separate options for retrieving or destroying the drone. The president ultimately decided not to proceed with any of the plans because it could have been seen as an act of war, the official told Fox News.” “Among the options the U.S. considered were sending in a special-ops...
  • The X-37B Mystery Spacecraft Just Had Its Nine Month Mission Extended Indefinitely

    12/03/2011 7:16:53 AM PST · by blam · 30 replies
    TBI ^ | 12-3-2011 | Robert Johnson
    The X-37B Mystery Spacecraft Just Had Its Nine Month Mission Extended Indefinitely Robert Johnson Dec. 3, 2011, 9:15 AM Image: US Air Force The pilotless X-37B Orbital Vehicle has been silently circling the planet for the past nine months and the Air Force has announced it will continue its classified mission indefinitely. W.J. Hennigan of the Los Angeles Times reports the X-37B resembles a smaller version of the space shuttle and is said to test various new technologies in space. Via CSM: "We initially planned for a nine-month mission, which we are roughly at now, but we will continue to...
  • Breaking: We were right, Obama GAVE Iran the Drone!

    12/09/2011 10:24:21 PM PST · by Just4Him · 195 replies · 2+ views
    Con Underground ^ | 12/10/2011
    A couple of days ago Conunderground.com was the first to point out that the circumstances surrounding the “crash” of the top secret RQ170 Sentinel drone simply didn’t add up. And we were tight! The story continues to develop and it doesn’t look good! To recap, first we were told that Iran might’ve shot it down and then the story changed to “the drone crashed on Iranian soil ” After realizing that the Iranians were about to parade a perfectly functional drone with nary a scratch on it, the official story changed to “the drone landed because it wants to live”...
  • Officials Confirm Authenticity of Iranian TV Images Showing Lost U.S. Drone

    12/09/2011 6:32:13 AM PST · by Amigo04 · 57 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8 DEC 11 | Jennifer Griffin-Fox
    <p>U.S. officials have confirmed to Fox News that images aired by Iranian state television do in fact show the secret U.S. drone that went down last week in eastern Iran.</p>
  • Pentagon admits Iranian TV footage DOES show U.S. stealth drone..but insists it WASN'T shot down

    12/08/2011 7:39:16 PM PST · by SMCC1 · 47 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 12/8/2011 | MARK DUELL
    Mystery surrounds how American's most sophisticated spy plane was captured by Iran after it was paraded on Iranian state television earlier today in mint condition. Iran claims the lost RQ-170 Sentinel was on a surveillance mission last week when it was detected by Iranians over Kashmar and was downed by their armed forces. But the fact the drone is in such good shape contradicts Iran's claim it was shot down - and backs up U.S. claims that Tehran did not bring it down through electronic, cyber or any other means. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2071741/Is-downed-U-S-stealth-drone-Iranian-TV-airs-footage-military-officials-inspecting-craft.html#ixzz1g0LLMLpg
  • Iran state television displays 'downed U.S. surveillance drone'

    12/08/2011 3:05:30 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 23 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Published 18:28 08.12.11
    WATCH: Revolutionary Guard top officer tells Fars news agency that military experts are 'well aware how precious the technological information of this drone is.' Published 18:28 08.12.11Latest update 18:28 08.12.11 Iran state television displays 'downed U.S. surveillance drone' WATCH: Revolutionary Guard top officer tells Fars news agency that military experts are 'well aware how precious the technological information of this drone is.' By Haaretz Tags: Iran threat Iran Iraninan state television displayed what it said was a downed U.S. surveillance drone on Thursday, days after U.S. officials expressed concern that Tehran would be able to glean information about a classified...
  • Official Confirms Authenticity of Iranian TV Images of Lost U.S. Drone

    12/08/2011 10:27:28 AM PST · by ColdOne · 36 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 12/8/11 | Jennifer Griffin
    A U.S. official confirmed to Fox News that images aired by Iranian state television do in fact show the secret U.S. drone that went down last week in eastern Iran. "Yep, that's it," the official told Fox News. "And it's intact." U.S. officials had been expecting the video to appear. The footage comes after Iran claimed to have shot down the RQ-170 drone after it wandered into its airspace. SNIP One official told Fox News on Thursday that the incident is a huge loss and makes the top-secret helicopter tail lost during the Usama bin Laden raid in Pakistan "look...
  • Avtobaza: Iran's weapon in alleged RQ-170 affair?

    12/08/2011 9:46:47 AM PST · by bigbob · 23 replies
    DEW Line blog ^ | 12-5-11 | Stephen Trimble
    Could this be the smoking electron in the alleged unmanned air vehicle (UAV) incident over Iran? The original reports that Iran "shot down" a Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel appear to be misleading. Iranian news agency reports credited the army's electronic warfare unit with bringing down the UAV, but apparently in a way that limited the amount of damage on landing or impact. Only six weeks ago, Russia announced delivering the Avtobaza ground-based electronic intelligence and jamming system (shown above) to Iran. Most Russian weapons exports to Iran are blocked, including the proposed transfer of the S-300 surface to air missile...
  • Drone Lost in Iran Was Joint CIA-Military Reconnaissance Plane

    12/06/2011 3:23:15 PM PST · by ColdOne · 18 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 12/6/11 | Jennifer Griffin
    The U.S. drone that apparently fell into Iran's hands was part of a joint CIA-military reconnaissance operation, Fox News has learned. A senior U.S. official confirmed to Fox News that the spy plane was being used for the CIA-military operation along the Afghan-Iranian border when it lost connectivity and disappeared. Officials had earlier confirmed the Iranians have the RQ-170 drone, but it was previously unclear what the drone was doing or which agency was operating it. After Iran's military made the questionable claim Sunday that it had shot down the drone, the CIA at first referred questions to the Pentagon....
  • Drones Cleared For Domestic Use Across The US

    12/07/2011 6:36:40 AM PST · by Just4Him · 77 replies
    What do you know about drones? You know drones — those robotic, unmanned planes that fire missiles for the American military across Afghanistan, Pakistan and anywhere else the United States needs to get away with murder. Well if you don’t know too much, don’t worry, that’ll change soon. The Federal Aviation Administration is looking into rules that will bring the controversial aircraft into the country, creating an United States airspace buzzing with tiny, robot planes to look over every inch of American soil — and maybe more. An article published Tuesday in the Los Angeles Times reveals that new drone...
  • US Made Covert Plan to Retrieve Iran Drone (but feared to upset Iran)

    12/07/2011 5:38:29 AM PST · by JOHN ADAMS · 34 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 7 December 2011 | Julian E. Barnes
    U.S. officials considered conducting a covert mission inside Iran to retrieve or destroy a stealth drone that crashed late last week, but ultimately concluded such a secret operation wasn't worth the risk of provoking a more explosive clash with Tehran, a U.S. official said. See entire article for further detail.
  • U.S. Military Sources: Iran Has Missing U.S. Drone

    12/05/2011 2:44:08 PM PST · by illiac · 16 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 11/5/11 | FoxNews.com
    Iran appears to be in possession of one of America's most sophisticated weapons, a super-secret spy plane whose stealth technology is the same as the drone used to monitor the compound during the raid that killed Usama bin Laden, U.S. military sources told Fox News on Monday. Military sources confirmed that the Iranians have the RQ-170 drone, which is so advanced that the U.S. Air Force has not distributed even a photo of it. However, they did not say that the Iranians shot down the spy plane, as was reported by Iran's official IRNA news agency. IRNA quoted an unidentified...
  • US military confirms missing stealth drone in Iran

    12/05/2011 1:27:33 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 31 replies
    N.Y. Post ^ | December 5, 2011 | N.Y. Post
    The US military lost an RQ-170 Sentinel drone over Iran -- the same type of stealth craft the Islamic Republic claims to have shot down near its eastern border, sources confirmed to FOX News Channel Monday. After Iran claimed Sunday that it downed a US drone -- with some reports saying the vehicle was a RQ-170 Sentinel -- US and NATO officials suggested that the Iranians could be referring to an unmanned craft that veered off course and crashed.
  • Iran capture of US spy drone 'would be significant blow to military'

    12/05/2011 8:59:13 AM PST · by americanophile · 21 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 05 Dec 2011 | Ben Farmer
    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...
  • Chinese Province Starts Drone Patrol of Waters Near N.Korea

    12/02/2011 1:37:51 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 12/01/11
    Chinese Province Starts Drone Patrol of Waters Near N.Korea Marine authorities in the northeastern Chinese province of Liaoning near the North Korea-China border are using an unmanned aerial vehicle to watch illegal activities in waters off North Korea. Since not many countries use UAVs for coastal patrols, there is speculation that China wants to monitor North Korean defectors who escape by sea. Hong Kong's South China Morning Post on Wednesday reported Liaoning marine authorities "began drone patrols for the first time over water and islands close to North Korea last week." Liaoning is the first province to use a drone...
  • 'Sky Worm' Drone Readies for US Military Flight Tests (airship drone)

    11/18/2011 9:50:49 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 9 replies
    Argus One airship, U.S. military drone Drones and satellites dominate the U.S. military's surveillance arsenal, but fleets of unmanned airships could soon join in keeping an eye on battlefields. One robotic airship contender, the modular Argus One, has upcoming flight demonstrations scheduled at a U.S. Department of Energy Nevada Test Site that hosted nuclear bomb tests during the Cold War. The Argus One's design resembles a segmented sky worm made of connecting modules, and has the flexibility to quickly change its flight path as it slinks through the sky. It can also carry 30 pounds of surveillance sensors or...
  • The drone mentality

    11/05/2011 5:33:31 PM PDT · by Driftwood1 · 10 replies
    Salon.com ^ | 11-5-11 | By Glenn Greenwald
    In a New York Times Op-Ed, international human rights lawyer Clive Stafford Smith describes a meeting he had in Pakistan with residents from the Afghan-Pakistani border region that has been relentlessly bombed by American drones; if I had one political wish this week, it would be that everyone who supports (or acquiesces to) President Obama’s wildly accelerated drone attacks would read this:
  • Drone strike ‘kills five Taliban commanders’ in South Waziristan

    10/27/2011 5:22:54 AM PDT · by csvset · 7 replies
    Dawn ^ | 27 oct 2011 | Wire
    PESHAWAR: A US drone strike on a vehicle on Thursday killed five commanders of one of Pakistan’s most influential Taliban leaders, Maulvi Nazir, one of the faction’s senior commanders told Reuters. He identified four of the commanders as Hazrat Omar, Nazir’s younger brother, Khan Mohammad, Miraj Wazir and Ashfaq Wazir. According to initial details, five missiles were fired on a vehicle carrying several passengers. The vehicle was traveling from Tora Gola village to the nearby area of Azam Warsak when it was hit. “Nazir’s younger brother Omar Wazir has been killed, it has been confirmed,” a Pakistani security official told...