Back in December, after a US drone went down in Iran, President Obama said “we’ve asked for it back — we’ll see how they respond.”

Obama forgot to say “pretty please,” because Iran still has the drone and claims to be almost finished decoding it and also trying to build a copy for themselves:

Iran claimed Sunday that it had recovered data from an American spy drone that went down in Iran last year, including information that the aircraft was used to spy on Osama bin Laden weeks before he was killed. Iran also said it was building a copy of the drone.

Similar unmanned surveillance planes have been used in Afghanistan for years and kept watch on bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan. But U.S. officials have said little about the history of the particular aircraft now in Iran’s possession.

Tehran, which has also been known to exaggerate its military and technological prowess, says it brought down the RQ-170 Sentinel, a top-secret drone equipped with stealth technology, and has flaunted the capture as a victory for Iran and a defeat for the United States.

After the drone went down in Iran, options to prevent the drone from falling into Iranian hands included sending in a special-ops team to retrieve it or blow it up, or launching an airstrike to destroy it. President Gutsy Call didn’t employ any of those options, much to the dismay of Dick Cheney.

What Iran could do with the technology is questionable:

A former intelligence official told Fox News it’s unlikely the Iranians could figure out how to recreate the drone, and that the pressing concern would be to try to use the technology to bargain with the Chinese or the Russians.

While China does not necessarily have the technology to help significantly advance Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for access to drone parts, China could offer Iran an IOU of sorts — for a favor like a veto at the U.N. Security Council, the former official said.

The Russians would also be interested in any U.S. intelligence collection capability, and could offer Iran ballistics technology useful for a nuclear delivery system.

I will transmit this information to Vladimir.

Early indications are that Iran is in fact having trouble replicating the technology, as this photo of Tehran’s first test flight of their copy of the captured US surveillance drone seems to confirm:

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Update: Dennis Miller: By “copy” the drone, Iran means they’re going to trace it.

Comments

30 Responses to “Iran: We’re Building a Copy of the Captured US Drone”

  1. Truesoldier__ on April 23rd, 2012 2:49 pm

    My guess is that if we see pictures of their recreated drone flying it will actually be the captured drone in front of a moving background ala an 80's tv show driving scene.

  2. jeffythequick on April 23rd, 2012 3:29 pm

    Like the driving scene involving Rex Cramer (Robert Stack)?

  3. SignPainterGuy on April 23rd, 2012 3:34 pm

    I liked the background from "Police Squad"; the cars rocking rhythm never changed, the driver never turned the wheel (other than gentle back-n-forth) and the BG showed sharp turns and destruction and chaos in the car`s wake !

  4. SignPainterGuy on April 23rd, 2012 3:37 pm

    That poor camel ! What did it do to be treated so badly ? Is it being punished for practicing witchcraft ? Is it really a genie and the Iranians want it back in the bottle ?

  5. Truesoldier__ on April 23rd, 2012 3:42 pm

    In this case, I could see them doing a close up to show Ahmadinejad flying.

  6. Truesoldier__ on April 23rd, 2012 3:44 pm

    Do you think they would even show the drone hitting a bicyclist?

  7. jeffythequick on April 23rd, 2012 4:22 pm

    I managed to get a super duper tippy top (their words, not mine) document discussing the strategy:

    Sending a strike team in to blow it up from the air: Gutsy Call
    Sending in a special ops team to recover/destroy it: Gutsy Call
    Doing nothing, and letting any passerby/govt get it: Gutsy Call
    Ignoring it, and hope (and change) it goes away: Gutsy Call
    Trademarking the term "Gutsy Call": Gutsy Call

    The gutsiest call was deciding from this myriad of gutsy calls and acting on it.

    …or not.

  8. Marshall_Will on April 23rd, 2012 4:34 pm

    Like any military personnel assigned to a project they're no longer affiliated with, I may as well go on record as having questioned the overall impact of the program.

    No doubt Predator has been employed to accomplish some -awesome- missions. At the end of the day, it really is just a model airplane. From a power-to-weight ratio perspective, there was only going to be so much EW gear this thing could bring aloft.

    One of my bubble blogging buddies mounted a digital camera to his model to shoot pictures of foreclosures in high end neighborhoods. He was only into it for like $2 grand. As we have from the very beginning, we'll continue to question why this wasn't set for self-destruct mode from the git-go.

  9. clu seatoe on April 23rd, 2012 4:42 pm

    Misinformation campaign and any computer equip loaded with malware.

  10. SignPainterGuy on April 23rd, 2012 5:07 pm

    Hey, doesn`t climate change also work that way ?

  11. jeffythequick on April 23rd, 2012 5:08 pm

    If you look closely, you can see cameltoe…

    …ok, back to your regularly scheduled broadcast…

  12. jeffythequick on April 23rd, 2012 5:10 pm

    That was a Gutsy Observation…

  13. SignPainterGuy on April 23rd, 2012 5:11 pm

    Oooo, the "Flying DinnerJacket" ! I`m afraid already !

  14. SignPainterGuy on April 23rd, 2012 5:15 pm

    The Iranians are into dromedary porn ? Aerial views ?

  15. Truesoldier__ on April 23rd, 2012 5:47 pm

    It may explain the recent uptick in hacking of various Iranian computer systems. I read recently that Iran has 'unplugged' the oil port computer from the net to avoid it being hacked.

  16. jeffythequick on April 23rd, 2012 6:01 pm

    All of the Iranians I have known have been generous, family-oriented, good people, but perhaps they were corrupted by American influence.

    But, there are always bad apples in the cart or barrel…

  17. SignPainterGuy on April 23rd, 2012 6:09 pm

    Someone who should know about such things was asked if the US or Israel were involved with the Stuxnet virus? The answer; "About that, you should keep your mouth shut !" Fascinating !

  18. Truesoldier__ on April 23rd, 2012 6:20 pm

    What would be funny is if the military did put malware into the drone along with the ability to activate the mic and video feed while the Iranians have the drone. What better way to see what is going on inside the "top secret" facilities.

  19. SignPainterGuy on April 23rd, 2012 6:35 pm

    Yes, I can just see our guys laughing while the Iranians engineers try to figure out the purposes of chewing gum, vacuum cleaner motors and coat hangers !

  20. Truesoldier__ on April 23rd, 2012 6:59 pm

    LOL!! no kidding. That reminds me of one of the battlefied repairs I had to make in Iraq. We could not get a fuel pump rod for a Hummer to save our lives, so we superglued it back together. It held out for a couple of months till we finally got one. Of course there was the duct taped hoses and even the fiberglass hood reindorced on the underside with 2 x 4's bolted in place.

  21. Truesoldier__ on April 23rd, 2012 8:08 pm

    Just to add to that. The Iranian people were one of the few people in the region to hold a candlelight vigil for the vicitims of 9/11.

  22. SignPainterGuy on April 23rd, 2012 8:49 pm

    Sure, they`ll just photoshop in a Walmart price sticker hanging from the handlebars !

  23. SignPainterGuy on April 23rd, 2012 8:52 pm

    Peoples is peoples, it`s the leaders that`s the problems !

  24. SignPainterGuy on April 23rd, 2012 8:57 pm

    An Air Force Vet. friend of mine was a mechanic on F-4s. His most important tool (he said) was chewing gum. The gum stuck to fuel soaked fuel lines and the metal foil wrappers were wrapped around blown fuses for emergency, quick repairs.

    Duct tape apparently replaced gum as the most needed tool !

  25. SignPainterGuy on April 23rd, 2012 9:05 pm

    Re: update: Dennis Miller may be right …. IF DinnerJacket`s engineers are allowed enough copier paper to tape together for that large a sheet !

  26. ChapBix on April 24th, 2012 1:20 am

    Maybe the camel was convicted of a trumped up charge and was being executed. Have seen photos of how the regime there hangs its prisoners.

  27. ChapBix on April 24th, 2012 1:22 am

    I would like to give the Obama administration credit for being clever by sending a dummy drone over Iran to fool them. Somehow, I don't think that is going to fly.

  28. basic core on November 28th, 2012 2:10 am

    Ahh…when the big guys hurt,…the pride injured,…oh yes of course the camel jokes.
    Japanese were also destroyed but hey gave us Toyotas, why it works better than all American cars…well, still a damned mystery…hey enjoy the hurt feelings. ta ta

  29. Precious on December 28th, 2013 10:12 am

    Iran claimed Sunday that it had recovered data from an American spy drone that went down in Iran last year, including information that the aircraft was used to spy on Osama bin Laden weeks before he was killed. Iran also said it was building a copy of the drone eCommerce shopping cart

  30. topographical survey on April 2nd, 2014 3:02 pm

    Tehran, which has also been known to exaggerate its military and technological prowess, says it brought down the RQ-170 Sentinel, a top-secret drone equipped with stealth technology, and has flaunted the capture as a victory for Iran and a defeat for the United States.

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