Iran downs RQ-170 Sentinel Spy Drone

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  1. Parthy

    Parthy Air Warrior Senior Member

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    Did Iran Just Shoot Down a U.S. Stealth Drone?

    For the third time this year, Iran is claiming it shot down an American robot warplane trying to snoop on Tehran’s nuclear facilities. “An unmanned U.S. spy plane flying over the holy city of Qom near the uranium enrichment Fordu site was shot down by the Revolutionary Guards’ air-defense units,” lawmaker Ali Aghazadeh Dafsari told Iranian state television.

    As with all “news” reports coming from Tehran’s official media apparatus, it’s wise to take Dafsari’s claim with a grain of salt. Notably, no one is showing off any fresh wreckage of an American robot — a popular pastime in other countries where drones have gone down.

    That said, there’s reason to believe Dafsari — and reason to believe the drone in question is one of a small fleet of radar-evading ‘bots the Pentagon saves for the most important, and difficult, missions. That would make the latest U.S. drone casualty the first stealth robot to be shot down, that we know of.

    That’s a lot of “ifs,” to be sure. But in the world of secret aircraft, a little conjecture is sometimes all you’ve got.

    Again if true, Dafsari’s tale of a downed U.S. drone is further evidence of America’s escalating global drone campaign. While lethal strikes by U.S. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Afghanistan and Pakistan grab the most headlines, American drones are also busy tracking Somali insurgents and pirates, Yemeni terrorists, Latin American drug runners and the forces of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi, among others, in addition to allegedly spying on Iran.

    The Pentagon has been planning for years to eventually replace many, if not most, of its human-piloted planes with flying robots. But the mounting evidence of worldwide U.S. drone operations means our unmanned future is here, today.

    Iran claims its nuke program is strictly for peaceful purposes. Most foreign observers believe it’s aimed at producing nuclear weapons. While the Pentagon readies special nuke-busting weapons, satellites and human spies are surely hard at work gathering data on Iranian enrichment sites and other nuke facilities. There’s little reason to doubt U.S. — and possibly Israeli — UAVs are on the job, too.

    Indeed, that’s one possible role for the U.S. Air Force’s secretive RQ-170 (pictured), a stealthy, flying-wing UAV first spotted in Kandahar, Afghanistan in 2007. The Air Force copped to the RQ-170’s existence in 2009, making it the first acknowledged, operational stealth drone.

    The “Beast of Kandahar,” as Bill Sweetman dubbed it, reportedly helped guide U.S. Special Forces towards Osama Bin Laden’s Pakistan compound back in May. The radar-evading ‘bot has also been sighted in South Korea, from where it possibly spied on North Korea’s nukes. Phil Finnegan, a UAV analyst at the Teal Group, told Air Force Times the RQ-170 could be doing the same thing over Iran, too.

    So if it was a stealthy Beast that Iran shot down, why hasn’t Tehran proudly showed off photos of the smoldering wreckage? It’s possible that the RQ-170 comes equipped with a self-destruct mechanism specifically intended to prevent just such a propaganda coup. We know some drones have these kill-switches, because occasionally robot operators accidentally flip them.



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  3. ganesh177

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    US has denied this news.

    It was just a iranian propoganda for local consumption.
     
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    Rahul92 Senior Member Senior Member

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    Do stealth drones exist
     
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    sandeepdg Senior Member Senior Member

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    Most drones used by America and other countries are supposed to have some element of stealth in their design, and anyway its their design that makes them stealthy.
     
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    What stealth drone? The drone that was shot was either a Global Hawk or an unarmed Predator/Reaper. US has not yet manufactured the X-47.
     
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    Iran says downed US drone; threatens response to 'airspace violation' - Israel News, Ynetnews
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    Military source says RQ-170 American drone shot down 'with minimum damage' in eastern Iran. 'We'll respond to airspace violations outside our borders,' Tehran threatens

    "The Iranian military's response to the American spy drone's violation of our airspace will not be limited to Iran's borders any more," Iran's Arabic language Al Alam television quoted the military source as saying, without giving details.

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    False crap news.

    Iran always claims many thing every now and then. By such frequent false news, They have become laughing stock these days.

    Why U.S. will ever use UCAV for any kind of surveillance when they have many best Spy satellite. :lol:
     
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    Iran is locked in a dispute with the U.S. and its allies over Tehran's disputed nuclear program, which the West believes is aimed at the development of nuclear weapons.Iran Shoots Down U.S. Drone: As it threatens spike in oil price.
     
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    Iran also claims to have stealth fighter never seen before.
     
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    under all these bold claims its a fact that mullahs are scared they know that conventional war with USA is suicide.
    outdated MBT,planes except with "allah akbar" shouts they won't be able to scratch much of US back :)
     
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    Gee, if it's in custody with minimal damage you would think videos would be flowing out of PRESSTV and... nothing.
     
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    phewww ...this gets better and better.
    Why do I have a feeling that AIWI (Arab - Israel - West - Iran) is going to be the brand of next cracking fireworks release at this planet ??
    :rolleyes:

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    Just speculating:

    Did the Russians play any role in this shooting down of a US drone? Russia has been helping Iran with their air defense systems for a while now. If true, both Iran and Russia will get valuable information about this stealth drone.
     
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    This is the beauty of drones. They're expendables. I wonder if the insinuated attack (by Israel) on Iranian weapons facility was conducted by drones or cruise missiles?

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    Israeli officials insinuate that the expllosion was not accidental:

    "Major-General Giora Eiland, Israel's former director of national security, told Israel's army radio that the Isfahan blast was no accident. "There aren't many coincidences, and when there are so many events there is probably some sort of guiding hand, though perhaps it's the hand of God," he said."

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  19. trackwhack

    trackwhack Tihar Jail Banned

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    How is something stealth if it gets shot down. And that too by Iranians. Last time it was Yugoslavia. Is the same paint on the Raptors and the JSF - the most advanced 5th gen planes in the world?
    If antiquated AA guns can bring these down, we can only guess what a Russian fighter can do.
     
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    It can do much, even with not-so-modern fighter jets:

     
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