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  • The drone shot down by Israel was an Iranian copy of a U.S. craft, Israel says

    02/11/2018 5:33:57 PM PST · by Innovative · 43 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Feb. 11, 2018 | Loveday Morris and Ruth Eglash
    The drone that Israel said it shot down this weekend appeared to have been developed by Iran from technology obtained when it captured a U.S. stealth aircraft in 2011, according to aviation experts and Israeli officials. Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, a spokesman for Israel’s military, and Yuval Steinitz, a minister in Israel’s security cabinet, said the craft was a copy of a U.S. RQ-170 Sentinel spy drone, which Iran claims to have reverse-engineered.
  • Wikipedia: Iran–U.S. RQ-170 incident

    06/10/2016 7:51:51 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 10 replies
    Wikipedia ^ | 4 December 2011
    On 4 December 2011, an American Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was captured by Iranian forces near the city of Kashmar in northeastern Iran. The Iranian government announced that the UAV was brought down by its cyberwarfare unit which commandeered the aircraft and safely landed it, after initial reports from Western news sources disputedly claimed that it had been "shot down".[1] The United States government initially denied the claims but later President Obama acknowledged that the downed aircraft was a US drone and requested that Iran return it. The government of the United States initially claimed that...
  • Doubts over legitimacy of Iran replicated RQ-170 drone video

    11/12/2014 11:35:05 AM PST · by Fali_G · 8 replies
    Lisa Daftari ^ | 11/12/2014 | Lisa Daftari
    Iranian state TV has released video footage claiming the country has successfully replicated a highly sophisticated U.S. stealth drone that crashed over Iran in 2011. The video released Wednesday includes both aerial and ground footage, demonstrating a black pilotless aircraft closely resembling a RQ-170 sentinel stealth drone, flying over a mountainous area of Iran before touching down at an unmanned air base. Segments of the video appear to be genuine, David Cenciotti, founder of “The Aviatonist” a military aviation blog said, while some of the frames showing the drone landing appear to be computer generated, showing a smaller prototype model...
  • A 'nightmare becoming reality'? Iran unveils American drone replica.

    05/12/2014 6:54:12 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 89 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 12 May 2014 | Scott Peterson
    Iran has unveiled its own copy of an American stealth drone it captured in late 2011, claiming to have cracked the “secrets” of the bat-wing craft and added weapons capabilities. Today, Fars News Agency reported that while Iran’s duplicate of the US RQ-170 Sentinel drone was smaller, it also had a “bombing capability to attack the US warships in any possible battle.” The story in Persian was headlined: “America’s nightmare has become reality.” State television showed footage on Sunday it said was of a US aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf filmed by an Iranian drone The drone replica was...
  • What is this mysterious aircraft filmed 'blitzing Taliban base in Afghanistan'? Footage shows 'UFO'

    05/08/2014 10:34:24 AM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 69 replies
    YouTube linked at ^ | 8 May 2014 | Damien Gayle
    With Nato forces withdrawing from the badlands of Afghanistan, the country's people need all the help they can get to keep extremists from once again seizing power. But it seems a new intervention has come from an unlikely source... outer space. U.S. Marines captured this incredible footage of what looks like a UFO hovering over a Taliban encampment - then blowing it to kingdom come. Read more: Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
  • 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.
  • 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>
  • Is U.S. Drone Shown on Iran TV Real?

    12/08/2011 3:49:56 PM PST · by gandalftb · 68 replies · 1+ views
    The aircraft shown on Iranian television today likely was not the American stealth drone that crashed in Iran last week, as the Iranian government claimed, but was likely just a model, U.S. officials told ABC News. Today U.S. officials said the drone did not land intact.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • The 'Beast of Kandahar' Stealth Aircraft Quietly Resurfaces in New Pics

    01/25/2011 10:52:17 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 17 replies
    Popular Science ^ | 1/25/2011 | Clay Dillow
    All of a sudden it was there, but then like any good stealth aircraft it vanished. Now the “Beast of Kandahar” has resurfaced in new photos, spurring aviation and defense wonks to once again speculate about the function and purpose of such a stealthy-looking unmanned aerial system. The Beast, also known as the Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel, first appeared in 2009 in the skies over Kandahar in Afghanistan. It was later revealed to be a product of Lockheed’s Skunk Works and property of the U.S. Air Force, but that’s about all that was revealed. What the RQ-170 is designed to...