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The "Beast of Kandahar" is captured in Iran

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2011 11:54 pm    Post subject: The "Beast of Kandahar" is captured in Iran Reply with quote

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Iranian TV airs image of alleged U.S. drone

Iranian TV aired images Thursday of what it says is the U.S. stealth drone that went down in Iran last week, an apparently intact RQ-170 drone propped on a pedestal and triumphantly displayed.

"Military experts are well aware how precious the technological information of this drone is," said Brig. Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, according to the semi-official Fars News Agency.

Aired by the official Press TV network, the video showed different angles of the unmanned aircraft. It had been flying over the eastern town of Kashmar when it went down, the network said.

"Recently, our collected intelligence and precise electronic monitoring revealed that this aircraft intended to infiltrate our country's airspace for spying missions," Hajizadeh said.

"After it entered the eastern parts of the country, this aircraft fell into the trap of our armed forces and was downed in Iran with minimum damage."

He said the wing-to-wing width "is around 26 meters with a length of 4.5 meters and height of 1.84 meters" and it "is equipped with highly advanced surveillance, data gathering, electronic communication and radar systems."

Hajizadeh said B-2 and F-35 planes have used the technology found in the aircraft, which is guided via "satellite link and land stations in Afghanistan and the United States.

"As far as its platform and coating are concerned, this kind of plane has been designed to evade radar systems and from the view point of technology it is amongst the most recent types of advanced aircraft used by the U.S.," Hajizadeh said.

The authenticity of the video could not be independently confirmed but the seemingly good condition of the plane fueled talk about how the incident happened and whether the drone on display was the real one.

Commentators on Press TV expressed surprise that the craft was captured in such good shape. U.S. officials said the drone crashed.

John Pike, director of, said his initial impression from pictures sent to him by CNN isn't what one would expect to see after a crash. He said he's guessing that the object is a mock-up prepared for a parade, noting a U.S. flag in the picture.

Bill Sweetman, an aviation analyst, said the craft appears to be the RQ-170 and it looks real to him.

If the drone came down in what he called a flat spin or what is known as a falling leaf departure, the plane would be pretty much intact, but the belly would be badly scraped. He said all of the electronics inside would most likely be in one piece.

Sweetman doubts the Iranians hacked into the system and took control of the aircraft. It is much more likely it crashed by itself since "that what drones do."

And the condition also suggests it was not shot down but was a system failure. There are no burn marks from a fire, no holes and no outward damage. Sweetman noticed a dent along the leading edge but doesn't know what that necessarily means.

The CIA and the Pentagon would not comment on the latest development.

Two U.S. officials confirmed to CNN Tuesday that the drone was part of a CIA reconnaissance mission that involved both the intelligence community and military personnel stationed in Afghanistan.

A senior U.S. official with direct access to the assessment about what happened to the unmanned aircraft said it was tasked to fly over western Afghanistan and look for insurgent activity, with no directive to either fly into Iran or spy on Iran from Afghan airspace.

A U.S. satellite quickly pinpointed the downed drone, which apparently sustained significant damage, the senior official said.

The official Islamic Republic News Agency and Fars said Iran's Foreign Ministry summoned the Swiss ambassador to Iran who received official reprimand for the U.S. actions.

Iran demanded U.S. reparations for the act, which it says it "against every international law and regulation, as well as contrary to the region's peace and security," Fars said.

Switzerland represents U.S. interests in Iran, which doesn't have diplomatic relations with the United States.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2014 9:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Iran Claims Video Shows Reverse-Engineered US Drone Can Fly

Nov 12, 2014

The Iranian military today released video of what it claimed was the successful maiden voyage of an advanced stealth drone the Islamic nation copied from an American unmanned aircraft that crashed in Iran three years ago -- but U.S. officials are unimpressed.

The footage, broadcast on Iranian state television, shows an aircraft with a similar shape to the U.S. Air Force’s RQ-170 taking off and flying at relatively low altitude before an edited portion of the video purports to show it landing back on the runway.

Two days ago a top Iranian military commander told local reporters the drone had made a successful flight and that footage would be released shortly.

“We had promised to fly the final model of [the] RQ-170 in the second half of the current [Iranian] year and this happened,” Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh said Monday, according to the Iranian news outlet Fars.

The Associated Press reported Hajizadeh taunted the U.S. further today, saying, “The mini-stroke Americans suffered will be complete by watching this footage.”

Hajizadeh claimed that while the U.S. only uses the drone for surveillance missions, Iran will use it for bombing runs as well.

Pentagon spokesperson Col. Steve Warren told reporters today there is "no way it matches American technology."

Another U.S. official told ABC News the U.S. government can't confirm "Tehran's claims, [but] given the Iranians' history of propaganda, it wouldn't be surprising if the plane's purported capabilities are exaggerated, especially since they are being so open about them."

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 11, 2014 1:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was see it Iran.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 14, 2014 1:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

^^ what?
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