Iran displays captured US RQ-170 Sentinel

An embarrassment to the United States Air Force, Iran displays a captured RQ-170 Sentinel on it’s national television. Iranian state run news agency IRNA had claimed that Iranian Armed Forces had brought down a RQ-170 with “little damage” to the aircraft, suggesting  that a RQ-170 Sentinel was captured by Iranian Armed Forces in east of Iran. But there were many speculations by skeptics on these claims. In response, Iran released a 2 minutes video footage of two Iranian officials inspecting the drone.

International Security Assistance Forces acknowledged the loss of the unmanned plane, saying it had malfunctioned, Iran claimed that it was electronically hijacked the RQ-170 by overriding flight systems and steered it to the ground. The video shows Iranian military officials inspecting the RQ-170 Sentinel, which appears to be undamaged.

This created a opportunity for Russia and China to gain insight on one of the most sophisticated stealth planes in the world. This will allow them to identify, study, research and develop their own drones. In case of China, replicate these drones. They would particularly be interested in RQ-170 Sentinel’s stealth capabilities because United States was the pioneer in implementing this technology

The Americans are commenting very little on this incident. The RQ-170 Sentinel entered service in 2009 and was dubbed as “Beast of Kandahar” by some aviation analysts. United States use these stealth drones to make surveillance flights over Iran using bases in neighboring Afghanistan. The nature of the missions usual include to collect intelligence on Iranian nuclear program.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry has tried reportedly to summon the Swiss ambassador who is representing US interests in Iran, to condemn the violation of Iranian airspace. US accuses Iran of developing capabilities need to make atomic weapons which Iran denies and insists that it’s nuclear program is peaceful.

The RQ-170 Sentinel is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed by Lockheed Martin and operated by the United States Air Force (USAF). It has been deployed to Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. Beast of Kandahar, an aircraft, which was photographed in Afghanistan in 2007, is a surveillance aircraft, confirms US Air Force.  The US Air Force on 8th December confirmed for the first time that it is flying a stealth unmanned aircraft known as the “Beast of Kandahar,” a drone spotted in photos and shrouded in secrecy.

The video released by Iran shows a captured drone in good shape without a scratch under a Iranian flag. Under the drone is a defaced United States flag mocking the Americans on their mistakes. The video confirms the authenticity of our previous story and pictures.

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  • anonymous

    what the hell are they saying in this video?

  • Nadav

    looks like a model, doesn't look similar to known photos of the original platform.

  • Ernst

    It seems to me that the damage done to US ADVANCED vital intelligence capabilities is MUCH GREATER than it really looks! I have NO DOUBT that this information WILL end in the hands of CHINA and RUSSIA!! The consequences? WHO REALLY KNOWS??

  • Jorge

    Woops, there goes a couple billions bucks worth of research.

  • Jimminy Cricket

    What makes you think the R&D isn't already in the hands of those nations who'd really like to know? Who's to say that the "drone" that was captured wasn't a piece of crap that was meant to be captured so that the Iranians would download the data – only to also download a trojan horse virus into their intelligence networks?

    • ECF

      what makes you think this is an American Military black operation that worked as designed? Have there been so many of these over the last few years, or rather NONE? What makes you think we still have a well functioning upper military echelon? Maybe the encouraging results of our recent wars? Because you evidently have no idea of what you are talking about as far as cyberwarfare is concerned. So, besides apparently still believing in Captain America, what exactly do you think you know about these things? (and BTW, have you ever been in the military? Doesn't look like it or you would know better than to spout such infantile rubbish.) Please go play with your probably retarded little Republican friends.

      • Jimminy Cricket

        Nice response and your assumptions are incorrect across the board (except for your last 4 words – although I'd question whether they are "little"). Do your research and you'll learn that it is foolish to believe our networks are secure. Maybe JWICS has some security, but not so much for NIPR & SIPR and it's even worse as you leave the DoD cyberworld and migrate into the big federal gov't. All it takes to make a network insecure is a single user – be it through negligence or through an intentional act. Our systems are pwned… and to believe otherwise is simply foolish – that was my point. The problem with cybersecurity is that too many users and decision-makers believe there is security where there is none. As a taxpayer, it disheartens me to know that much of the R&D my tax dollars fund frequently ends up in the hands of…let's just say not American taxpayers. Until the upper reaches of gov't decision makers understand this and take actions to properly secure our networks, our taxpayer funded R&D will continue to get pilfered and the American taxpayer loses.

      • DeeJay

        This reminds me of the news broadcast where the US announced that their reconnaissance drones "encrypted" images were being hijacked by an iphone app developed in Russia, they were wondering how the taliban knew we were around.

  • Mohsen35 from iran.we have it.we hack it :D.
    we win because of GOD
    u lose becouse you are freemasons.
    not all of u.
    search about Tabas event and 8 years war in iran.and search about islam. 😀

  • Mohsen35

    And we said amrica cant do any thing about us.amrica is afraid of us. amrica will be in the hands of his people not yahood and freemasons.