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Iranian scientists crack the code of the downed stealth drone



by Joseph Earnest  April 24, 2012

Newscast Media TEHRAN, Iran—Iran's Press TV is reporting that  a senior Iranian lawmaker has confirmed that the downed US Sentinel reconnaissance drone has been decoded, making such an achievement a turning point in the Islamic Republic’s technological breakthrough.

"The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) in a major and successful move has decoded the records on the downed US RQ-170 Sentinel reconnaissance drone. It is a turning point in Iran’s capabilities and technological progress," the Chairman of Iran's Majlis (parliament) National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Alaeddin Boroujerdi said on Tuesday.

Boroujerdi went on say that the move shows the capabilities of the skillful Iranian scientists in making an Iranian reconnaissance drone, more advanced than the American one.

On December 4, the Iranian military's electronic warfare unit announced that the country has successfully downed the US RQ-170 Sentinel stealth reconnaissance aircraft inside Iran with minimal damage.

The aircraft, designed and developed by Lockheed Martin, had crossed into Iran's airspace over the border with neighboring Afghanistan.

Navy Commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi announced on April 22, 2012, that Iran had successfully decoded all the records on the downed US Sentinel reconnaissance drone.

"There were numerous codes, but we obtained all the information on its memory, including the protocols, repairs and flight sorties; for instance, the data of a flight after repairs in 2010 or the [drone's] deployment in the operation against [slain al-Qaeda leader Osama] bin Laden in Pakistan," said Rear Admiral Fadavi.


Last year, the U.S. attempted to persuade Iran to return the drone, but Iran insisted that the drone was a gift from the USA to Iran, and it is considered rude to return a gift to someone who sent it.     Add Comments>>


Source: Press TV




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