Doubts Iran can make use of wrecked drone: US

Washington nevertheless is "concerned" about the loss of the top secret drone, said a senior military official.


Afp December 07, 2011

WASHINGTON: The United States (US) has doubts Iran will be able to make use of the highly sophisticated technology found in a stealth drone that crashed in Iran during a reconnaissance mission, a US official said on Wednesday.

The RQ-170 Sentinel high-altitude stealth drone was on a surveillance mission when it crashed in eastern Iran, weekend news reports said.

But even if Iran succeeds in recovering some technology from the wrecked aircraft, Tehran is unlikely to be able to make use of it, said a US official who declined to be named.

"US capabilities are remarkably advanced, and it's unclear that the Iranians have the expertise" to exploit the advanced know-how in the aircraft, the official said.

Washington nevertheless is "concerned" about the loss of the top secret drone, a senior military official told reporters.

"We're always concerned when there's an aircraft, whether it's manned or unmanned, that we lose -- particularly in a place where we're not able to get to it," Navy Captain John Kirby said Tuesday.

Nato has denied a claim by Tehran that the drone crashed after it succeeded in shooting it down.

US officials said that aircraft had been en route to Afghanistan at the time of the crash.

An identical stealth aircraft to the one lost in Iran reportedly was used by US Navy SEALs in the operation last May that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.

COMMENTS (12)

Ali-wali | 10 years ago | Reply

Appearantly this drone was not shot down, but hacked down ie Iranians took control of it,wiith the help of advanced Russian made electronic warfare equipment. It seems it landed on some air stripe and did not fall.

Santaa Singh | 10 years ago | Reply

Here is what will happen. Chinese intelligence will go to Iran strike a deal of join analysis and reverse engineering of the tech. Create the drone under China Iran join venture and sell to "friends" like Pakistan. So sorry to say USA, you have to start improving your drones and make sure they don't "crash" at enemy's site. You have lost quite a few interesting tech at enemy's site, last time it was stealth chopper and now the drone. Your mistakes will certainly haunt you. Hearty condolences !!

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