IRAN: ALL DATA OF CAPTURED US RQ-170 DRONE DECODED
15:02 | 2012-12-10
TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Iranian commander announced that the country
has extracted all the data and information existing in the intelligence
gathering systems of the United States’ highly advanced RQ-170 Sentinel
stealth aircraft which was captured by Iran last year.
“All the intelligence existing in this drone has been completely
decoded and extracted and we know each and every step it has taken
(during its missions),” Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards
Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh
told reporters here in Tehran on Monday.
The stealth drone was downed by Iran last December through a
sophisticated cyber attack.
The commander further revealed some of the data taken from the
aircraft’s intelligence system, and added, “The US President (Barack
Obama) had told the Israeli officials that the drone was tasked
with spying on Iran’s nuclear program, but our experts found after
decoding the drone that it had not performed even a single nuclear
mission over Iran.”
“And this reveals that Americans are treating the nuclear issue
(of Iran) as an excuse” to conduct hostile moves, including spying
operations, against Iran.
The unmanned surveillance plane lost by the United States in Iran
was a stealth aircraft being used for secret missions by the CIA.
The aircraft is among the highly sensitive surveillance platform in
the CIA’s fleet that was shaped and designed to evade enemy defenses.
The drone is the first such loss by the US.
The RQ-170 has special coatings and a batwing shape designed to help
it penetrate other nations’ air defenses undetected. The existence
of the aircraft, which is made by Lockheed Martin, has been known
since 2009, when a model was photographed at the main US airfield in
From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress