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Iranian drone based on the captured US RQ-170 stealth drone
« on: February 12, 2018, 09:27:03 AM »
From: telegraph.co.uk - 08 Dec 2011
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Iran shows off captured US drone

Iran triumphantly displayed one of America’s most advanced intelligence-gathering aircraft on Thursday after a spy drone crashed on its territory, leading Russia and China to ask to inspect its technology.

The RQ-170 Sentinel, supposedly the CIA’s unseen “eye in the sky”, capable of beaming back a trove of imagery and electronic intercepts, was broadcast on Iranian state television.

The aircraft was shown beneath an Iranian flag, apparently intact after crashing 140 miles inside the country last Sunday. State television claimed that an electronic attack had forced it down by overriding flight systems. American officials acknowledged the loss of the aircraft, but said it was more likely the drone had simply crashed.

Russia and China immediately seized their chance to gain a unique insight into one of the world’s most powerful intelligence assets, asking Iran for permission to inspect the drone. Surveillance flights over Iran by CIA-operated aircraft of this kind have been taking place for several years, using bases in neighbouring Afghanistan. Iran’s nuclear installations are believed to be the prime target.

The Sentinel, which entered service in 2009, is capable of both intercepting communications and gathering images. No Sentinels are known to have been lost before. Unlike other drones used by the CIA, notably the Predator and the Reaper, the Sentinel carries no weapons and its sole purpose is reconnaissance.

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Re: Iranian drone based on the captured US RQ-170 stealth drone
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2018, 09:29:30 AM »
From: The Aviationist - Oct 02 2016
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On Oct. 1, Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) unveiled a new combat unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) called Saeqeh (Thunderbolt) during an expo showcasing the latest UAV projects of IRGC’s Aerospace Division.

Belonging to the Simorgh class, the new drone is a long-range unmanned aerial vehicle capable of carrying four precision-guided bombs, modeled on the American RQ-170 Sentinel stealth drone captured in 2011.

Commenting on the latest achievements by the IRGC forces, Commander of the IRGC’s Aerospace Division Brigadier General Amirali Hajizadeh said that “today Iran has better aviation systems and equipment than the US and expressed hope that one day Iran will have the same might in the UAV industry as in the missile sector.”


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The Iranians say the RQ-170 was hijacked using Jamming and GPS spoofing attack tailored on known vulnerabilities of the UAV highlighted in Air Force official documents.

Image credit: Sepahnews, @Azematt

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Re: Iranian drone based on the captured US RQ-170 stealth drone
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2018, 09:32:12 AM »
Israel Air Force says seized Iranian drone is a knockoff of US Sentinel | Defense news
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TEL AVIV, Israel — A senior Israeli Air Force officer told reporters Monday that the Iranian drone it intercepted over the weekend was a “copy” of a stealthy U.S.-built RQ-170 Sentinel downed by Iranian forces over Iranian territory in 2011.

“It’s a copy of a similar system that fell in Iran,” Brig. Gen. Tomer Bar, chief of staff of the Israeli Air Force, said of the drone in Israel’s possession, which he identified as Shahed 171.

“They more or less duplicated it … but I won’t grade them,” said Bar, referring to Iran’s reverse engineering capabilities.

Iran released a video of the Shahed 171 in flight back in 2014. Two years later, Iran showed another knockoff based on the Lockheed Martin Sentinel, an armed version known as the Saeqeh, according to Tal Inbar, director of the UAV and space program at Israel’s Fisher Brothers Institute for Air and Space Strategic Studies.

There are two copies that Iran made out of the RQ-170. One is Shahed 171, and this is supposed to be jet powered and for reconnaissance missions. Then there is the other variant of this vehicle — similar in design to RQ-170, with a piston engine and a propeller — named Saeqeh. This variant was shown in 2016 armed with four laser-guided munitions,” Inbar told Defense News.


Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei sits next to a captured U.S. RQ-170 Sentinel on May 11, 2014. The drone crashed in Iran in December 2011. (AFP via Iranian leader's website)


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Re: Iranian drone based on the captured US RQ-170 stealth drone
« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2018, 04:48:13 PM »
Iranian drone shot down: a copy of the CIA’s RQ-170 Sentinel | Air Recognition - 17 February 2018
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On February 10, over Syria, an Israeli attack helicopter shot down an Iranian drone whose shape strongly resembled that of Iran’s Saeqeh, or “Thunderbolt,” drone, which is based on a CIA-operated RQ-170 Sentinel captured by Iran in 2011 in Afghanistan.

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The Israelis state that the Sentinel shot down on 10 February had been launched from an Iranian base in Syria (which the Iranians naively deny). Tsahal (Israeli army) says it has got the debris of the drone and has broadcast a video showing a vehicle involved in the launch. Tracked by the Israelis since it was launch from the Iranian base close to Palmyre (central Syria), it was shot down over the Jourdain valley by an Israeli attack helicopter.

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US experts are now trying to determine how far the Iranians have succeeded in copying the technological capabilities of the Sentinel.