Filed under: Intelligence, Iran, Military, National Security, The United States | Tags: Claim Reverse-Engineered Drone, Fake—Or Real?, Iran Unveils a Captured US Drone
Iran on Sunday unveiled what it says is a copy of a U.S. stealth drone that it brought down safely when they “commandeered” it in flight in 2011.
“The drone was brought down by the Iranian Armed Forces’ electronic warfare unit which commandeered the aircraft and safely landed it,” the Iranian Tasnim News Agency reported.
The U.S. drone was identified as the RQ-170 Sentinel made by Lockheed Martin. U.S. officials said in December 2011 that the drone was part of a CIA reconnaissance mission. President Obama asked Iran to return the drone to the US. Didn’t work.
Now Iran claims to have reverse-engineered the drone, and armed it with weapons to attack U.S. warships. They also claim to have decoded surveillance footage from the captured drone. In photos they display the U.S. drone accompanied by the Iranian copy.
This is the time of year, the Sacred Defense Week, when Iran makes big claims to demonstrate their power, as it is the anniversary of the Iran-Iraq War. Some aviation experts are skeptical, and suggest the whole thing is a fake. Iran does have a history of publicizing fakes. Power, after all, is perceived power.