If reports from Fox News are correct, the "Beast" is out of the bag. U.S. military sources appear to be confirming reports--first circulated yesterday by Iranian state media--that Iran has in its possession one of America's most sophisticated pieces of stealth technology: the RQ-170 drone, a.k.a. "the Beast of Kandahar" (the same drone that provided support for the Osama bin Laden mission back in May). U.S. military sources have confirmed that the Iranians have the drone, Fox says, but say there's "absolutely no indication" it was shot down, as Iran claims.
Awww, come on America, that's bad for the show!
I bet the Iranians have already started taking bids from China and Russia on this little piece of technology.
I guess it's time we take a more "strategic" approach to Iran, if you catch my drift....
So did we leave it parked in Iraq with the keys in it? How the heck do they get it without shooting it down?
If it malfunctioned and lost communication or lost it's bearing, it seems like they'd have a self-destruct code programmed in...or at least a "Land-Anywhere-Other-Than-Countries-That-Hate-America" code programmed in...
Didn't you guys hear about Iran's secret teleporting machine?
I wonder what america plans on doing about this?
This story seems as 'accurate' as some of the crap that went around before, during, and after the Bin Laden hit.
Was it shot down or was it commandeered by Iranian Forces? If you remember about 2 months ago Creech AFB suffered a STUXNET type virus attack. Creech AFB is the home of the US Air Forces UAV operations. Is it possible that from that attack Iran or some other nation working with Iran was able to learn how to take over control of an UAV?
Maybe it's time to go back to manned aircraft to avoid this type of tragic loss of highly classified technology.
Do people actually believe FOX news? And yes, they have programming to crash or blow up in certain situations. Also, it's loaded with anti tamper devices that destroy electronics if anyone tries to mess with it in the wrong manner.
@ Great Big Pwner,
"or at least a "Land-Anywhere-Other-Than-Countries-That-Hate-America" code programmed in..."
America was too far away, so it gave up. :)
but honestly Iran will probably just strap a nuke onto it and send it to Israel...jk.
The people of the world only divide into two kinds, One sort with brains who hold no religion, The other with religion and no brain.
- Abu-al-Ala al-Marri
Apparently from what I have heard, The U.S. Air Force lost control of the drone, I checked on some websites and looked at some Pakistani website which said that the Iranian Air Force hacked into the drones system and brought it down in one piece, The u.s. military was making a cover story that it was having "malfunctions" when they lost control of it, so apparently Iranian military have high tech hacking technology, so if it is true, which there is no evidence to support them having the RQ_170 yet at least, we have definitely undermined Iranians technology capabilities
Guys are we forgetting who is reporting this... FOX NEWS....nuff said...did we forget they make up news to make their network seem important... I call BS on all of it
we can't rule anything out yet, until they come out with enough evidence to support what they are saying, but so far nothing. This is the third so-called, "shot-downed" UAV by Iranians but no evidence was produced, so who knows.....may be true, may be not, but all is for sure, if they do have it, it will be a tremendous loss for our stealth technology as it is the same that is produced in our f-22 fighter planes, that's not good at all,
i have a plan... let them find another one on purpose...let it self destruct w a small nuke..problem solved
HELL, we shred documents yes, but we allow everyone to bring a camera cell phone every where in government and military and take pictures, post on the internet. We make a government on the internet and military too. We have grown insainly stupid. Sure giving up this stealth drone will be more of 1000 things stupid things we do, untill the USA collapses and we go bankrupt and allow another country to dominate us.... WE ARE ASKING TO BE DOMINATED< THIS IS SO SO SO STUPID AND INSANE! DUMB! IDIOTIC! MAY I GO ON.....
And yet for us USA, it just seems typical, another day...
Science sees no further than what it can sense.
Religion sees beyond the senses.
technology like this should absolutely and definitely have auto-self destruct. If there are any pieces big enough to be useful, the manufacturer should be not only ashamed, but penalized for 'giving' away secret military technology.
Its sucks that we lost such a valuable piece of technology to Iran but I would assume it crashed and destroyed at least some of the high tech stuff. There is no way Iran hacked this thing, its way out of their league of expertise and the amount of things that would have to go right for them is just unlikely. And lets say they did hack it's not like they could do much once they hacked it, it was just going to crash anyways. If Iran had sophisticated hacking ability why would they announce it to the world, wouldn't you want to keep it a secret so people don't change their hardware to counter it? Either way if this thing did actually crash in Iran I think we can expect to read an article within the next year on Popsci saying, "China has Developed a Stealth UAV". lol
Our UAV's should have a self destruct capability...programmed to self destruct after loss of communication for a certain period of time.
I hate Iran, drone stealing jerks!! Iran, if you're listening right now? give us our drone back!!
I'm sorry, but did Iran ask US for this drone to spy on its territory?
Obi Wan could get it back from Iran. "These are not the drones you're looking for..."
I live in Iran.Believe me Iranian never can hack this Drone.They just Find it. And any thing Iranian government says is a Big lie.
Sorry you have to put up with that. I think we all have lying leaders. :-)
Out of curiosity, what percentage of your population has a favorable view of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad? I've heard it's just the rural areas of the country that like him, but the rest of the population, especially the youth, wishes that the country was more moderate. Is this true? I saw a report on this, but I don't have any Iranian acquaintances to ask.
Here we go again.
During the VietNam War, the USAF deployed an early version of the F-111. Low and behold, it crashed. The North Vietnamese quickly turned the remains over to the Soviet Union. Voila! We soon see a new Soviet jet, the SU-24.
"Those who don't study history are condemned to repeat it.."
Shot down? It has heat and radar evasive tech hence "stealth". The Iranian has to know where it is to shoot it down. Hacking could be possible.
What everyone is overlooking is it could be a RQ-170 but without all the high tech on board. It might have been intentional to let the Iranian get their hands on it. Maybe it's loaded spy and eavesdropping equipment to spy on the Iranians. Track where they take it and that location is primary target if WWIII breaks out. You know there's going to be R&D at that location.
Well..it's again US throwing recklessly tax payers hightec into uncharted teritories,then denying the loss and later on reporting a loss in an area close to where the Iranians claimed the capture.This sounds like DisneyLand to me. No need mention the past enemy understimation
of the enemy starting with Pearl ,the Buldge, Korea , Nam etc has later on caused disastrous results. Both US and Israel rather than keep their mouths shut then attack, they conduct a reckless massmedia propaganda. Iran is obtaining SIGINT, COMMINT equipment as well training from the Russians a nation which is prospering from such deals,covered by Iranian petro dollars revenues from Kharg Island.
Stalin neither Hitler made newspapers advertsing of their
future strategies and combat doctrines..when will the US finally learn ?
If Hilary is using the Air Transport Command world most
expensive jet fleet to visit San Suu Chyii in Burma, Obama
travelling on AF-1 for a senless bond tour to Indonesia and
DOD throughing the RPVs into the clandestine war which finally ending up in the hands of the Ayatolas ...then one should no longer wonder about such scenarios.
I highly doubt Iran has the tech to shoot down a sophisticated stealth UAV. It most likely crashed. But that’s what the U.S gets for spying on them. You idiots shouldn’t be mad at Iran for studying a gift like this, you should be mad at the government burning through tax payer money.
Iran will sell this to China or Russia or India.
I believe that Iranian army technology is the most advanced because European countries and USA can't attack to Iran, despite their hatred of it.
I have already live in Iran, Iranian people are clever humans so that they are 35 years of sanctions, which turns around.
Interestingly, recently it is disclosed or discovered that USA's government allows privately American's companies to trade with Iran.
However, I am waiting to see what happens in the future.
Well, it is close to Christmas. I hope the Iranians send us a nice thank you card for the new advancement in military technology without the cost.
Indubitably IRAN has the technology to hack that little thing, and is rich enough to not to sell such an information.