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US Drone "Intercepted" Over Crimea By Russian 'Self-Defense' Forces

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An American scout-attack drone, "almost invisible at a height of 4000 meters" has, according to AFP, been intercepted in the Crimean sky. Reports from the Russian state arms and technology group Rostec stated, judging by side-markings it was an MQ-5B drone - which is likely part of the 66th US Recon Brigade based in Bavaria. It was possible to break the drone’s link with its American operators with the help of the EW (electronic warfare) complex Avtobaza. As a result, the device made an emergency landing and passed into the possession of the self-defense forces almost unbroken."



Via AFP,

An American scout-attack drone was intercepted in the Crimean sky, the Rostec state corporation reports. "Judging by side marking, the MQ-5B drone was part of the 66th US brigade of military intelligence with the main location in Bavaria," the report on the website of the corporation reads.


According to the report, at the beginning of March, the American brigade was relocated to the Ukrainian Kirovohrad, from where drones commit reconnaissance raids in the direction of Crimea and Russian border areas.


Earlier, they reportedly appeared in the Kherson region, in the area of the Crimean roadblock Chongar. "According to some data, the American reconnaissance brigade had 18 MQ-5B drones in its arsenal. This is the second time the American UAV is intercepted over Crimea," the report says.


"The drone was at the height of about 4 thousand meters and was practically invisible from the earth. It was possible to break the drone’s link with its American operators with the help of the EW (electronic warfare) complex Avtobaza. As a result, the device made an emergency landing and passed into the possession of the self-defense forces almost unbroken," the report says.

"Self-defense" it would appear does not cross a red-line (until Sunday).

It is perhaps ironic that the US is complaining abouit Russia's military presence in Ukraine even as its own equipment is reportedly operating in the country.

What next: CIA spooks in Kiev inciting a violent coup, oh wait, that would be Libya or Egypt. And everyone knows what a success that way.

And as expected, the Pentagon promptly denied the drone belonged to the US. It denied it not the biblical three times, but four. They must really mean it.



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Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:24 | 4549193 fightthepower
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Drones only work on cave dwellers...

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:26 | 4549210 Joe Davola
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Guess we haven't upgraded them much since the Iranians snagged that other one.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:29 | 4549229 Almost Solvent
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Gives us our excuse to invade , er defend Ukraine!



Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:31 | 4549244 Boris Alatovkrap
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Maybe USSA is have excuse, but critical missing is testicular fortitude and capable command-in-chief. Both is MIA and FUBAR.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:33 | 4549254 negative rates
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We already proved that hypocrisy has no limits.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:37 | 4549284 nope-1004
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So Ukraine's sovereignty only exists up to 4,000 meters above ground?  lmao.  The hypocrisy is incredible.


Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:38 | 4549287 JoeSexPack
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Drones use GPS signals, which are weak & easily jammed.


Fake signals land drone in other hands.


If Russia's Avtobaza hacked, will sell big, go long.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:43 | 4549327 Manthong
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What F’n Obama/MIC moron would be so stupid as to send a low altitude drone over Russian protected airspace?  ??

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:45 | 4549340 Divided States ...
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Dont worry, just a normal delivery package to Moscow.


Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:48 | 4549365 krispkritter
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No, it was looking for one of Obama's balls he shanked on the 9th tee...oh right, his balls are in Michelle's purse, nevermind.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 16:01 | 4549403 Looney
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Was that drone straight or gay?  ;-)


Wait until a few GPS satellites either jammed or knocked out of the skies. All our military and civilian toys will turn into junk in a split second. I think?  ;-)

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 16:03 | 4549432 Headbanger
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This is a bullshit story by the Russians you mooks!


Fri, 03/14/2014 - 16:12 | 4549481 Occident Mortal
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Don't fly anything over S-400's. It will be forced to the ground one way or another, are they that stupid?


This is just embarrassing. Yet another example of howling US hypocrisy crashing to the ground at the hands of superior Russian SAM technology. 


Are the US now arming the Crimean self defence force, Jesus we will be delivering Pizza to them next.


All Obama and Kerry have done is make Putin look good, in fact they make Putin look utterly invincible. Just stop.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 16:19 | 4549512 angel_of_joy
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No need to waste a perfectly good missile, on every piece of crap flown out there.

Hacking is so much cheaper... Much beter ROI !

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 16:32 | 4549552 Occident Mortal
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The S-400 missiles are only for stuff travelling faster than 600 mph.


Any drone flying overhead at a poxy 120mph can be simply hacked and captured intact. Thank you, very nice, keep them coming.

As you asy much better ROI, saving a fortune on costly R&D. Why spend all that time and capital developing stealth drone technology when your enemies are dumb enough to deliver it to you.


It's just embarrassing. They're up against the worlds most sophisticated air defence system and they're testing it with bits of kit that cost $50m and travel slower than a tennis ball. WTF.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 17:29 | 4549833 Dave Thomas
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For slower targets they'd use a 2S6 Tunguska. Hell a ZSU-23-4 gone optical would tear those little drones up yall!

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 17:58 | 4549878 Independent
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Drone videos just just uploaded by a USA drone operator....

So American drones buzzing all over the skies in Ukraine can only mean one thing, a heavy special ops US and other NATO countries present on the ground, looks like we were there long time before the Russians with our invasion.  Bet you anything all those right wing Svoboda dudes were just a bunch of Polish military guys.  Should be interesting especially if the Russians capture some US special forces members or other Nato special forces members and they are paraded in front of the Kremlin, just like the good ol days.

By the way that is a reasonably sized drone the MQ-5B



Fri, 03/14/2014 - 21:59 | 4550727 Buck Johnson
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What people need to understand is that America hasn't fought an adversary that was close to it's technological (or better depending on area of expertise) prowess since WWII.  And so since then nobody could or would that we where fighting where able to take over our equipment or outfight us.  Essentially they jammed that drone and it did it's emergency landing once it couldn't keep in contact.  What happens when they are able to get the right frequency to control the drone from the operator and use it against us.

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 16:50 | 4552707 MeelionDollerBogus
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Upvote for video #2. None of them appear to be on topic but a girl showing underboob with "tits" written on her tits is Winning(tm)

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 17:35 | 4549874 NoDebt
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Swiping one of those drones is like stealing the silverware after you have dinner at Outback Steak House.

I'm sure we'd love to have it back, but there's no great loss monetarily and the "secrets" of that technology were already lost when the Iranians swiped one months back.  Heck, I'd be surprosed if Russia (and/or China) wasn't helping Iran to steal that original one in the first place.  The horse is already out of the barn on those things.  The loss of any technological advantage was gone the minute Iran swiped the first one.  They're just flying party favors now.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 18:52 | 4550124 flapdoodle
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Except for the bad PR...

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 16:16 | 4549500 angel_of_joy
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Newsflash: SR71 is dead ! When flying, it was horrendously expensive to operate. Lately, it also became innefective against late generation SAMs (Russian made...).

But please don't stop banging your head into anything you might find pleasant...

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 18:18 | 4550015 HisNameIsRP
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70s technology

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 18:53 | 4550126 effendi
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Wrong,the SR71 is '60s technology. They stopped making them in 1968 and retired them in 1998.

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 02:06 | 4551307 angel_of_joy
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Still, it's the fastest piloted aircraft ever !

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 16:14 | 4549489 DutchR
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Paging Mr Carrington, paging mr Carrington.......

Do you have some Solar Flair to lay up on us.....;)



Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:59 | 4549423 Chief KnocAHoma
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If they can intercept a military drone do you think they could also intercept a boeing 777? Maybe MH 370 was taken by such means and is being retasked for something sinister. No way anything like that would reach home of that evil tribe or a US air craft carier, but I would think an oil tanker or loading dock would be ripe.

Or if loaded down with nuclear material maybe flown into some soft target to cause mass histeria. 

Anyway, sleep tight and have a great weekend!

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 16:05 | 4549445 Herd Redirectio...
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I think the AWACS plane is what you are looking for.  Not Russian air force...

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 16:13 | 4549486 eurogold
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Smooth move U.S. hypocites !

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 16:49 | 4549653 Flagit
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they were acting on a report of stolen cattle.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 16:37 | 4549592 Perfecthedge
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Hahahah...didn't saw that one coming.  Good catch, Sir.

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 00:30 | 4551167 Kirk2NCC1701
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Attaboy: "FAST & FURIOUS 2"  The hits (to our pride) just keep on coming.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:46 | 4549346 Concentrated po...
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No drone left behind!

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:46 | 4549357 Herd Redirectio...
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Its worked for the last 12 years, everywhere they've gone.  Its what the MIC is 'good at' and has experience with, at this moment.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:48 | 4549371 dontgoforit
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That is not a U.S. drone.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:53 | 4549390 Carpenter1
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Putin: 6,789,0753

Obama: -907

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 16:04 | 4549444 Perimetr
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Clearly a Russian drone.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 16:36 | 4549587 SunRise
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Finders Keepers?

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 17:43 | 4549898 angel_of_joy
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It's more like fishing (baiting included)...

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 17:44 | 4549899 angel_of_joy
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Fri, 03/14/2014 - 16:26 | 4549544 angel_of_joy
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Yes, it is !

"Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Hunter Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), in use with the U.S. Army since 1996... Northrop Grumman-operated Hunter MQ-5A and Army-operated MQ-5B models are currently deployed in the Global War on Terrorism. Hunter provides warfighters with state-of-the-art reconnaissance, surveillance, target acquisition (RSTA), communications relay, and weapons delivery. Hunter is currently operated by the US, French and Belgian armies."



Fri, 03/14/2014 - 17:32 | 4549850 Dave
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Evidently operated by the Russian army as well now.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 17:32 | 4549853 Dave
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Evidently operated by the Russian army as well now.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 18:57 | 4550141 divide_by_zero
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The problem is the photo shows a Boeing Scan Eagle while article is talking Mq-5B

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 22:00 | 4550733 silvermail
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"That is not a U.S. drone."

Yes, of course - it is a Mongolian drone.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:52 | 4549385 CrashisOptimistic
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Might be a NATO drone.  Not American, then.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 16:34 | 4549575 Panafrican Funk...
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It's either flying the US or Belgian flag, but it's a Northrop product regardless, that just recently started being utilized for "training purposes" in Germany.



Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:53 | 4549391 DutchR
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Sat, 03/15/2014 - 02:56 | 4551330 Element
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"So Ukraine's sovereignty only exists up to 4,000 meters above ground?  lmao.  The hypocrisy is incredible."

The US flew antagonistic spy-flights over the Soviet Union for all 40 years of the Cold War, so this hypocrisy is more like a return-to-form.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:37 | 4549285 zaphod
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Putin now knows that Obama carries no stick, so there is zero reason for him to stop. 

This is all of Obama's making.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:38 | 4549297 sixsigma cygnus...
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White Pawn captures Black Rook.  Black King calls for Mulligan.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:47 | 4549362 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Hahaha, this should be filed under Friday Humor.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 16:02 | 4549435 zaphod
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But academia and community projects always give mulligans. 

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:39 | 4549303 Yoki
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Yes· but theres always someone that can surprise you®

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:36 | 4549275 Joe Davola
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I think Hillary took both testicles with her when she left.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:53 | 4549396 Boris Alatovkrap
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Testicle is shrink and hide when Hillary is enter room.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:38 | 4549288 Boris Alatovkrap
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Boris is tell truth of "Red Line" embarrassment of Barry and Kerry, and pissy ZHer is give down arrow!? Why are you to take truth hard!? You are little girl like USSA boy king!

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:46 | 4549351 DutchR
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Red arrows are badges of honour, wear them proudly!



Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:53 | 4549395 CrashisOptimistic
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Whining about red arrows doesn't make them go away.  In fact, that usually multiplies them.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:58 | 4549417 Cursive
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And if you want some red arrows, just post comments like Putin is as bad or worse than Obama.  Apparently some people will always believe that the grass is greener on the other side.  Makes me want to start an adult exchange program between countries.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 16:07 | 4549454 DutchR
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Or just ask, lol.


Strange thing to ask, what is the difference?

Green or red i can still see the comments, right

They are only views/opinions



Fri, 03/14/2014 - 17:45 | 4549908 Phuk u
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Dutchie, Its all a question of myopia, you either have it or you don't.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 16:03 | 4549442 DutchR
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There, one from me :)

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 19:14 | 4550179 Clycntct
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I thoulght it indicated that today was goberment pay day.

Tribe policy to stand strong and take your welfare well.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:44 | 4549325 Cursive
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@Boris Alatovkrap

Wow.  Rush-see-uh forces have gone back to the Radio Shack 80's to intercept expensive US surveillance drones.  These were probably desinged to monitor nude sunbathers in Malibu, so it just highlights the difference between real army assets and pussy army assets.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 16:07 | 4549457 DogOfSinope
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Yeah. Real army has boots on the ground. Pussy army is sendin in drones (and occasionally kills wedding parties with them).

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 17:18 | 4549794 RafterManFMJ
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If it loses contact will operators, it automatically lands - right into the hands of the enemy.

That's some OUT FUCKING STANDING design!

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:31 | 4549245 Rogue Trooper
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In inhumanity of it all.  The 'sacrifice' this little dronee made for 'freedom'.

He, it, will be remembered....

Cue Barry meeting with the Daddy & Mummy Drone.


Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:43 | 4549323 McMolotov
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Let's just hope there wasn't a rainbow bumper sticker on the back. The last thing we want to lose is a gay drone.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:46 | 4549356 ghengis86
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Unless its Obie. Can't lose that homo bankster muppet quick enough

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:54 | 4549399 superflex
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It had a both a coexist and I <3 Tofu bumper stickers.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 16:02 | 4549436 TheFourthStooge-ing
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It had a both a coexist and I <3 Tofu bumper stickers.

Pretty conclusive evidence that it's been backdoored.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 16:09 | 4549465 Van Halen
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Don't forget the Obama/Biden '08 and '12 stickers.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 16:33 | 4549541 superflex
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Those are holding the wings to the fuselage

The MIC charges extra for that option.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:39 | 4549300 QQQBall
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Invade OR Defend is correct. We will rubble-ize  now and spin the story later

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:30 | 4549235 Boris Alatovkrap
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Boris is using of Avtobaza for intercept satellite television signal of neighbor apartment.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:30 | 4549237 McMolotov
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The Drone Ranger fails again.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:33 | 4549255 Boris Alatovkrap
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Someone ZHer is pissy mood and is down arrow. Boris is give Mr. McMolotov up arrow and is encouraging of generous up arrow today!

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:35 | 4549266 jughead
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They hate you for your freedom!

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:43 | 4549322 Canadian Dirtlump
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Indeed man. Some asshole has some serious PMS today. Regarding this drone business I'm delighted that the electronic shock troops were able to commandeer the hardware.


In other news, John "walnuts" McCain proving once again a rubber room and a straight jacket are the 2 things he needs most:


He's pissed off that the US won't provide weapons for the Ukrainian irregular militia of the 4th reich for them to kill russians with. I'll refer back to my thought some months ago about McCain, Kerry, Feinsetin, Pelosi - I have an operating theory that they are possessed by demons. That is the explanation I have for their actions, as well as their increasingly disturbing physical appearance.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 16:36 | 4549558 tarsubil
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That was the other choice on the presidential ballot two elections ago! Talk about retarded choices. The next time I enter a voting booth, it will be to take a giant steaming shit!

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 17:45 | 4549909 Herd Redirectio...
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Demonic possession is a notoriously difficult field of study. 

If not possessed, at the very least, we can safely say these people who sow lies, deceit, murder and destruction ARE EVIL. 

A very unpopular word, in our society, Evil.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:35 | 4549262 negative rates
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And the whole program was U.S.taxpayer funded.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:27 | 4549217 agent default
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It's funny how the US brags about technological superiority and how they can own everyone, and then this happens.  The US army is only good for fighting colonial wars and fails even at that.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:43 | 4549326 ParkAveFlasher
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I'll say it again, you can't talk yourself up as a global military power for the ages unless you invade and annex your neighbors. The only cure to the American condition is to invade Canada, and subjugate them.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:45 | 4549342 McMolotov
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Canada is already considered America's hat. Might as well make it official.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:28 | 4549221 Winston Churchill
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Weddings and funerals a speciality.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:34 | 4549257 john39
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kids herding goats or collecting firewood.... terrorists.  the lot of em.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:46 | 4549353 Husk-Erzulie
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This is serious, it is Zero's legacy we're talkin here so...  how do we score, by wedding parties as a whole or by individual wedding guests?  Vaporized, killed, or do we count severely maimed as well?  At any rate Hussein should be able to pile up a lot more kinetic collateral in the next three years.  It would probably help if you would all come out and vote blue team in the mid terms, he'll be more flexible if he can retain the senate, doncha know.  Kill list!  FTW!

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:53 | 4549394 Winston Churchill
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Let McStain get more influence with Dear Leader.

I'm sure that will keep the obsene death toll of innocents down.

If you want your delusion, you can keep your delusion.

There is no difference between red and blue teams.Both are the evil empires team..

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 16:01 | 4549424 A Nanny Moose
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Act now, and get a free funeral with every wedding.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:29 | 4549228 BlindMonkey
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It is going to be interesting to see the difference in US tactics now that they are up against an opposing force with real technical capabilities.  This should illustrate to them the dominance they have exhibited for the past 10 years was an illusion.  

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:36 | 4549273 Kassandra
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It IS getting more interesting. Cyber attack on Kremlin underway.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 16:44 | 4549630 Panafrican Funk...
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You take our drone, we'll DDOS your public websites!!!

Putin must be giggling like a schoolgirl.  

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:43 | 4549331 Pesky Labrador
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Ten years pushing small third world countries around shoving the USD down their throats or up their asses. These aren't cave dwellers that he is fucking with.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:30 | 4549234 mac768
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Fuck the EU again

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:31 | 4549242 mac768
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Putin vs Obama 2:0

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:46 | 4549294 mac768
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At least 500 Millions USD taxpayer money went to Russia right now....

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:48 | 4549369 mac768
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Fri, 03/14/2014 - 16:13 | 4549487 Freddie
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Same MIC Zio-Contractor crap like the F-35 and F-22 which are junk. One of Obama and McCain's biggest supporters is the major shareholder in a major defense company and his is major AIPAC.  Not Lockheed Martin but they probably are too.

"719 New Problems for the $1.5 trillion F-35"   A real pile of crap.

719 New Problems for the $1.5 Trillion F-35 Fighter - See more at: Related:  719 New Problems with $15 Trillion F-35 Fighter - See more at: Related:  719 New Problems with $15 Trillion F-35 Fighter - See more at:
Fri, 03/14/2014 - 16:58 | 4549705 Hayabusa
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You've hear of The Crying Game... well this is the Liar's Game and everybody's playing that's "in charge."  The problem with the current situation is the White House has been lying so much and for so long that they've become brazen nepostic liars of the worst variety - the stupid overconfident type who assume because the Amerikan Publik Sheeps let them get away with it they can also fool Moscow/Putin with the same unsophisticated lies... trouble is they can't bribe, assasinate, coerce, or in general control Moscow/Putin... yet they persist and send circle jerkers like Kerry and McCain over there to represent U.S. interests and "talk some sense into them"... the reality is Obama et al are no smarter than the rest of us out here... ssshhhh, don't tell anyone who respects them as leaders and blow their cover.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 17:12 | 4549769 Winston Churchill
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I think you overestimate their intelligence.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 17:34 | 4549865 FWM
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You mean:


worker bees can leave
even drones can fly away
the queen is their slave

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 17:38 | 4549883 The Chief
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"You probably heard we aint in the prisoner taking business, we're in the killing Nazi business and cousin business is a boomin'"

I hope they do what they want to it with their techies and then smash that fucking thing to pieces with sledgehammers. Putin, Film it and put it on YouTube for all of us to cheer about. You want to turn the Amercan people from disinterested retards into cheerleaders for your team? Do that.

Better still, tell us where the pilots are, if you are able. Thanks in advance.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:24 | 4549198 Thought Processor
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Nice grab.



Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:24 | 4549200 drink or die
Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:36 | 4549226 fooshorter
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That is one ugly drone.. ...that is a 20 year old design... orginally designed by the isralies...

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:34 | 4549258 Uncle Remus
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Scale down of the flying boxcar.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:46 | 4549348 Citxmech
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Reminds me of an O-2 Cessna (336 Skymaster) without the cockpit.  Wonder if it's got those POS Continental 6 cylinder O-360s?

(Edit - Apparently, the MQ-5B is powered by Moto Guzzi twins. . .  WTF?)

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 16:08 | 4549451 Uncle Remus
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0-2 - Yes, it does doesn't it. I'm a bit old school. I did a round trip of the Altantic to N. Africa on a Connie in the 50's.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 17:50 | 4549920 Citxmech
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Mmmmm.  Connies are such elegant aircraft.  A real highpoint in the design of piston-powered transport aircraft

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:39 | 4549299 Creeps
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I think the sales rep for Northrop Grumman is down arrowing everyone.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 16:19 | 4549515 Freddie
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The Lockheed Martin guy always attacks me when I talk about what a piece of shit the F-35 is.

I would rather speak up then let's some American pilot die.  Junk like the old F-104 and F-105 plus the F-22 is terrible as well.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:58 | 4549415 Flux
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Does it come with a rubber band?

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:25 | 4549201 SilverIsKing
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Trojan horse?

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:26 | 4549211 Winston Churchill
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Kerry wearing a condom ?

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:35 | 4549269 Boris Alatovkrap
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Mr Churchill, again, you are very very smart funny and is make Boris laugh and spit. Please to excuse while Boris is expel evening libation from accidental entry to nasal cavity.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:31 | 4549231 Bryan
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Yeah, just wait until nightfall when all our midget operatives pile out of the plane and give them all spankings!

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:52 | 4549388 SilverIsKing
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I often post things just to get a reaction.  It's one form of entertainment I do enjoy.

Carry on...

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 16:11 | 4549477 LFMayor
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WTH are you babbling about now?   :)

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:26 | 4549202 Belrev
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Pay attention. They did not shoot it down. They disconnected it from US mother base and gently landed it to preserve all the data and technology. I like that.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:27 | 4549216 drink or die
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It's easier and cheaper to jam communications than to scramble jets or launch missiles.  I don't see how drones would serve any purpose in any conflict vs a modern military, electronic jamming is extremely easy.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 16:16 | 4549501 css1971
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Completely independent, no human involved AIs shooting people will be next.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 19:32 | 4550249 Clycntct
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"I don't see how drones would serve any purpose in any conflict"

When you see em coming back at you you will totally understand.

Called the Backatcho hack attack.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:29 | 4549227 totem
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One would think that, upon landing -- or even once the landing software is initiated -- the drone would wipe clean the rest of its firmware.

I mean, if I were designing a military drone it would do that!

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:31 | 4549246 Belrev
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Not sure. If it was disconnected from USA, who would give it a command to erase data. It may be fooled to think by Russia EW software that it is still controlled by Amerikkans.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:43 | 4549328 totem
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Nah, internal routine -- clearFirmware() -- automatically invoked whenever:

  • initiate landing procedure,
  • proximity sensors detect something moving nearby (imagine a plane capturing it),
  • airspeed/GPS tracking inconsistencies.

Basically, if something seems wrong, wipe & land.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:48 | 4549370 Citxmech
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Precisely - you could also have a periodic wipe command that must be actively suspended by encrypted ground signal (lose signal for set time = automatic wipe)

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 05:12 | 4551400 MeelionDollerBogus
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Within a week half the drone fleet would be crashed just from that.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 16:51 | 4549658 Panafrican Funk...
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I would imagine the value isn't in "capturing the technology" given the design we're talking about here.  The value is in embarrassing the US and causing an asymmetric military hardware value loss, along with a potential strategic loss via lack of whatever intel the US was hoping to obtain.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:31 | 4549240 BlindMonkey
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Warfare with style and elegance. They Russians have accomplished all of their objectives to date without really firing a shot.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:41 | 4549310 DutchR
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Shooting one down, like in Georgia, looks like this:


I bet the pilot shot with his middle finger :)

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 21:39 | 4550665 supermaxedout
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Such an old and outdated miniature plane. Im sure the Russians know everything about this plane since long. Russians are very good in science not only in chess.

Imagine Russia after WWII was able to build an atomic bomb within a few years. The design was US but still you need the ability to construct it.  Or the fighter planes matching their US counterparts in Korea. The design on both sides was German but still you need to build it reliable.  Im not sure, that the US war technology is superior to the Russian side. The US might have poured more money in it but that means not that much. The good and creative ideas (or in this case better the most destructive ideas) do make the difference. Capital is just one part of success.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:26 | 4549207 Cornholiovanderbilt
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What??  No gas leaks too????

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:27 | 4549213 Fix-ItSilly
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It's a reconnaissance drone...  peering at an armed invasion.  Are we that jaded to juxtapose unknown operators of reconnaissance with an armed and armored invasion force to achieve self righteous "irony"?

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:32 | 4549247 Confused
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Considering your avatar, I'll comment here. "Based in Bavaria." This is the real reason the repatriation of gold to Germany isn't being pushed harder. 

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:27 | 4549218 kellycriterion
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It would be amusing if drones were unusable against technologically advanced opposition.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:40 | 4549306 22winmag
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Meaning Iran?

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:28 | 4549223 monad
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Why not? Billary gave all our military and technology secrets to China, The least RICO can do is give our other most proficient enemies the rest of our secrets.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:28 | 4549224 ...out of space
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drones has been use in sochi this year for filming skiing. 


Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:30 | 4549230 Creeps
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Do you think the pilot will get a purple heart for having his plane crash into enemy territory and making it out alive?

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:55 | 4549400 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Do you think the pilot will get a purple heart for having his plane crash into enemy territory and making it out alive?

He will if he gets a paper cut while filling out the lost drone forms.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 17:09 | 4549762 Flagit
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He will if he gets a paper cut while filling out the lost drone forms.


its all digital.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 16:13 | 4549490 LFMayor
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Not to mention the customary Juice box and donut for Another Job Well Done, Bravo Zulu!

Have you seen pics of those fat fucks?

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 16:30 | 4549560 Freddie
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If his name was John Forbes Kerry (Kohn/Cohen) then he would get three purple hearts.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:30 | 4549238 NYPoke
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The brilliant minds that builds these didn't build in a self-destruct?


Nice.  All it has to do is fry the electronics & some of the other secret parts.  Wouldn't take THAT much weight.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:32 | 4549249 Racer
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The US bully believes it has rights to go anywhere in the world it wants and even murder people while they at it

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:32 | 4549250 ExpendableOne
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They will probably add some special sauce to the software and let it fly home.  Proof that drones are pretty useless against an adversary with a bit of brains and a few resources.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:34 | 4549260 pupdog1
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Low-bid Radio Shack drone, apparently.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 16:09 | 4549464 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Low-bid Radio Shack drone, apparently.

...and then someone slapped a Raytheon or Lockheed-Martin label on it and made a 10,000 percent markup.

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