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4/24/2012 (2 years ago)

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Tehran flaunts capture of drone as a victory for Iran and a defeat for Washington

The capture of the Sentinel by Iranian forces last year, a top-secret U.S. surveillance drone with stealth technology has been hailed as a victory for Iran and a defeat for Washington in a complicated intelligence and technological battle. Iran now says it has reverse-engineered the drone and has begun building a copy.

The capture of the Sentinel by Iranian forces last year, a top-secret U.S. surveillance drone with stealth technology has been hailed as a victory for Iran and a defeat for Washington in a complicated intelligence and technological battle. Iran now says it has reverse-engineered the drone and has begun building a copy.

The capture of the Sentinel by Iranian forces last year, a top-secret U.S. surveillance drone with stealth technology has been hailed as a victory for Iran and a defeat for Washington in a complicated intelligence and technological battle. Iran now says it has reverse-engineered the drone and has begun building a copy.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

4/24/2012 (2 years ago)

Published in Middle East

Keywords: Iran, U.S., drone, surveillance


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Chief of the Aerospace Division of the powerful Revolutionary Guards. General Amir Ali Hajizadeh related details of the aircraft's operational history. He offered it as proof to prove his claim that Tehran's military experts had extracted data from the U.S. RQ-170 Sentinel, captured in December in eastern Iran.

He discovered that among the drone's past missions was surveillance of the compound in northwest Pakistan in which Osama bin Laden lived and was killed.

U.S. officials have acknowledged losing the drone, saying that 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.

U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman, a leading voice on defense matters, expressed skepticism at Iran's claim.

"There is some histories here of Iranian bluster particularly now when they're on the defensive because of our economic sanctions against them," he said.

Hajizadeh says that the captured drone is a "national asset" for Iran and that he could not reveal full technical details. He did provide some samples of the data that he claimed Iranian experts had recovered.

"There is almost no part hidden to U.S. in this aircraft. We recovered part of the data that had been erased. There were many codes and characters. But we deciphered them by the grace of God," Hajizadeh said.

Hajizadeh claimed that the drone flew over Bin Laden's compound in Pakistan two weeks before the al-Qaeda leader was killed there in May 2011 by U.S. Navy SEALs. He did not say how the Iranian experts knew this.

"This drone was in California on October 16, 2010, for some technical work and was taken to Kandahar in Afghanistan on November 18, 2010. It conducted flights there but apparently faced problems and [US experts] were unable to fix it," he said.

Hajizadeh said the drone was taken to Los Angeles in December 2010 where sensors of the aircraft underwent testing at an aerospace factory.

"If we had not achieved access to software and hardware of this aircraft, we would be unable to get these details. Our experts are fully dominant over sections and programs of this plane," he said. "It's not that we can bring down a drone but cannot recover the data."

There are fears in the U.S. that Iran or other states may be able to reverse-engineer the chemical composition of the drone's radar-deflecting paint or the aircraft's sophisticated optics technology that allows operators to identify suspects from thousands of meters in the air.

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