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SUNDAY, 22 April 2012
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Iran says it is building copy of captured U.S. drone, reveals â€˜codesâ€™
Sunday, 22 April 2012
The Iranian militaryâ€™s electronic warfare unit announced last December that Iran had downed, with minimal damage, an American spy drone. (File photo)
By AL ARABIYA WITH AGENCIES
A senior Iranian commander says the country has reverse-engineered an American spy drone captured by Tehranâ€™s armed forces last year and has begun building a copy.
General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, who is chief of the aerospace division of the powerful Revolutionary Guards, was quoted Sunday by the semi-official Mehr news agency as saying that experts are also recovering data from the U.S. RQ-170 Sentinel captured in December in eastern Iran.
Gen. Hajizadeh and revealed what he said were â€œcodesâ€ gleaned from the unmanned aircraft.
â€œI am giving you four codes so the Americans understand just how far we have gone in penetrating the droneâ€™s secrets,â€ General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, the head of the Revolutionary Guardsâ€™ aerospatial division, told state television.
â€œIn October 2010, the aircraft was sent to California for some technical issues, where it was repaired and after flight tests, it was taken to Kandahar (in Afghanistan) in November 2010, when a series of technical problems still prevailed,â€ he said.
â€œIn December 2010, it was sent to an airport near Los Angeles for repair of its equipment and sensors, and flight tests. The drone was then sent back to Kandahar,â€ he said.
Hajizadeh did not give further details, saying: â€œThis aircraft is a national treasure for us, and I cannot divulge information about it.â€
But he added Iran has â€œstarted producing a copy of the RQ-170 drone,â€ stressing it used the same US technology in stealth fighters and bombers.
U.S. officials have said Iran will find it hard to exploit any data and technology aboard it because of measures taken to limit the intelligence value of drones operating over hostile territory.
Last December, the Iranian militaryâ€™s electronic warfare unit announced that Iran had downed with minimal damage the U.S. RQ-170 Sentinel stealth reconnaissance aircraft, while it was flying above Iranâ€™s Northeastern city of Kashmar. U.S. officials later confirmed that the drone was part of a CIA reconnaissance mission, involving the United States intelligence community stationed in Afghanistan.
According to the official Iranian news agency, reports from the Pentagon have revealed that United Statesâ€™ military experts and officials are deeply worried about Tehranâ€™s access to the drone as it contains highly classified technologies and materials which are used in a number of U.S. planes, including the F-22.
Meanwhile, Russia and China have asked Tehran to provide them with information on a U.S. drone, a senior Defense Ministry advisor said, according to the official FARS news agency on Saturday.
Ahmad Karimpour, an adviser to Iranâ€™s defense minister, said Tehran has received requests from many countries for information on the RQ-170 Sentinel, but Moscow and Beijing have been most aggressive in their pursuit of details on the drone. He did not elaborate.
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1 - US WILL LOST CONTROL OVER COUNTRIES IT MANIPULATEDobserver (Guest) 08:29am GMT, 11:29am KSA, 22/04/2012Iran had moved into nuclear era & soon Iran will move to develop drones. The reality is, China & Russian experts were already in Iran conducting inspection & analysis on the US drone. Soon these countries will have their own drones & then we can see the world with drones flying on our air space. It is good to see that China & Russia had established strong relationship to protect countries that had been manipulated by US. Soon this world community block, comprises of China, Russia & third world countries, will scrutinize Israel nuclear arsenal.
2 - reverse engineeringjohn (Guest) 10:13am GMT, 01:13pm KSA, 22/04/2012the US has put in 10s of hundreds of man years into developing this drone. Iran says it has reversed engineered it in a few months ... Just more lies from the mullahs ...
3 - IRAN WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO STAND AGAINTS THE MIGHT OF THE WESTmick (Guest) 11:04am GMT, 02:04pm KSA, 22/04/2012
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