Iran Military Shoots Down US Drone, Threatens Response

Tyler Durden's picture

From PressTV:

A senior Iranian military official says Iran's Army has shot down a remote-controlled reconnaissance drone operated by the US military in the eastern part of the country.


The informed source said on Sunday that Iran Army's electronic warfare unit successfully targeted the American-built RQ-170 Sentinel stealth aircraft after it crossed into Iranian airspace over the border with neighboring Afghanistan.


He added that the US reconnaissance drone has been seized with minimum damage.


The RQ-170 is a stealth unmanned aircraft designed and developed by Lockheed Martin Company.


The US military and the CIA use the drone to launch missile strikes in Afghanistan and in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region.


The unnamed Iranian military official further added that “due to the clear border violation, the operational and electronic measures taken by the Islamic Republic of Iran's Armed Forces against invading aircraft will not remain limited to the Iran's borders.


The report comes as the United States has beefed up its military presence in and around the Persian Gulf region in recent months in the wake of popular uprising in Bahrain.


The US Department of Defense says Washington is closely monitoring the developments in Bahrain, which is the headquarters of the US Navy's Fifth Fleet and holds some 4,200 US service members.

From Reuters:

Iran's military said on Sunday it had shot down a U.S. reconnaissance drone aircraft in eastern Iran, a military source told state television.


"Iran's military has downed an intruding RQ-170 American drone in eastern Iran," Iran's Arabic-language Al Alam state television network quoted the unnamed source as saying.


"The spy drone, which has been downed with little damage, was seized by the Iranian armed forces."


Iran shot down the drone at a time when it is trying to contain foreign reaction to the storming of the British embassy in Tehran on Tuesday, shortly after London announced that it would impose sanctions on Iran's central bank in connection with Iran's controversial nuclear enrichment programme.


Britain evacuated its diplomatic staff from Iran and expelled Iranian diplomats in London in retaliation, and several other EU members recalled their ambassadors from Tehran.


The attack dragged Iran's relations with Europe to a long-time low.


Washington and EU countries have been discussing measures to restrict Iran's oil exports since the United Nations nuclear watchdog issued a report in November with what it said was evidence that Tehran had worked on designing an atom bomb.  

And from AP:

Iran's semiofficial Fars news agency says the country's armed forces have shot down an unmanned U.S. spy plane that violated Iranian airspace along its eastern border.


The report says the plane was an RQ170 type drone and is now in the possession of Iran's armed forces. The Fars news agency is close to the powerful Revolutionary Guard.


Iran is locked in a dispute with the U.S. and its allies over Tehran's disputed nuclear program, which the West believes is aimed at the development of nuclear weapons. Iran denies the accusations, saying its nuclear program is entirely peaceful.

It appears Iran plans to retaliate:

Iran's response to the downed U.S. drone's violation of its airspace will not be limited to the country's borders, a military source told state television.


"The Iranian military's response to the American spy drone's violation of our airspace will not be limited to Iran's borders any more," Iran's Arabic language Al Alam television quoted the military source as saying, without giving details.


Iran said in July it had shot down an unmanned U.S. spy plane over the holy city of Qom, near its Fordu nuclear site.

As a reminder from Stratfor, here is how the US navy was deployed most recently as of Wednesday. Looks like life for the Stennis boys is about to get exciting.

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williambanzai7's picture

Rather odd that something so highly top secret would not have a self destruct mechanism.

kaiten's picture

Absolutely. The government isnt even highly top secret and it has a self destruct mechanism ;p

williambanzai7's picture

More like a fatal self destructive flaw.

ISEEIT's picture

Good point but for all we know they landed the fucking thing at an airport. The only truth to be counted on so far is that a script is unfolding and that war is in the story. Both regimes lie and it's not unfathomable that they could in fact even be cooperating. After all it's only the sheep that die in war and the globalist may be feeling the need to cull the herd as it becomes increasingly problematic to tend.

spacecadet's picture

It probably ran out of gas. Couldn't get fuel ya know, the Paks got the border crossings shut down.

nmewn's picture

Maybe they're just waiting for the Republican Guard to push the right button.

(Akmed) Lets push the green one.

(Ali) No no the pretty red one ;-)

New_Meat's picture

... SA, ..., SS, NKVD, ..., "a Civilian Defense Force that is as well armed as the Military" - Ned

marcusfenix's picture

they might have a red button, but being remote controlled as they are it could have malfunctioned and not destroyed the drone. remember the reports that some of these drones were subject to interference, viruses and all sorts of other issues? without somebody there to actually push the button there is no guarantee it will actually do what it was designed to. 

remember blow out preventers (BOP) were supposed to be the infallible last line of defense against a deep sea oil rig disaster? well, we all know how that worked out... 

TSA gropee's picture

To have such a self destruct mechanism would add too much weight, besides a lucky hit by AA fire may render it inert. What the sensitive firmware/software probably has is security to erase non-volatile memory and firmware in case of attempts to reverse engineer. We do this to protect our IP (algorithms, and signal processing) especially with our systems going to China/Russia.

Dr. No's picture

Just wait untl Iran drags out gary Powers.  But from what I heard, WW3 did not break out from that either.

ziggy59's picture

Electronic warfare jams possible detonate signal?

Milestones's picture

Seems to me that one of the readers posted yesterday on Geo. Washington's article that there was somme Jewish guy involved in 9-11 that had a company that was capable of seizing control of a plane even if it was already in the air!! realize the guy being Jewish and we are talking about Iran doesn't seem to match up, but in todays world who knows what is going on.      Milestones

harposox's picture

Dov Zakheim, chief bagman for the PTB, if I remember my 9/11 studies accurately.

Bindar Dundat's picture

right now it is worming it's way into the entire Iran defence system. These things do not get caught or shot down and they do have a self destruct if needed but .....not needed if the mission is cyber-war.

New_Meat's picture

WB7: no way of knowing if there is any self-immolation available for the puppy, no way of  knowing why it came down: a) mechanical, b) "Golden-BeeBee", c) SAM (have to be a -2 or modern, nothing smaller, since they'd fly at least 15k AGL and if sniffing would be higher, d) a fighter (F-5 or so would do), or e) others, including into Art Bell ZONE.

Self-immolation of a carbon-carbon UAV has your meme in near prox.  Poor veggie seller couldn't sell veggies and, well, he showed them ...

Does Iran have search and guidance/vectoring radars?  Could  this be a "Polish Minesweeper"?

I am surprised that this forum would take statements from <who?> and extend them to the realm of "possibly close to general facts" or in some's perspective "<so-and-so> is totally responsible for this situation".

- Ned

Mr. Lucky's picture

2011 equivilant of Gary Powers?

spanish inquisition's picture

Yes, they are giving the plane back after the Chinese have gone over it, but are holding the computer chip hostage.

DosZap's picture

but are holding the computer chip hostage.


Why?, it's Chinese made.

TSA gropee's picture

I was thinking of the mid-air collision of the Chinese F8 and our EP-3 back in 01 where it needed to make an emergency landing on Chinese soil. I also remember it being returned in pieces.

americanspirit's picture

BTW although FARS isn't carrying this story yet here's the link to their website


bernorange's picture

This really doesn't feel like a Bud Light moment.

Jason T's picture

Everybody needs to rewatch the movie "The Day After" 1983  ... then you'll wake the fuck up how idiot these war mongers are.  

marcusfenix's picture

so two reported explosions at two separate Iranian military facilities and now (if true) a drone gets shot down violating their airspace...hmmm.

perhaps their is a connection between these events?

lolmao500's picture

According to the STRATFOR map, the Carl Vinson is also heading for the 5th fleet area of operations (middle-east)... and they already have the Stennis there... And the GHWBush is nearby if needed.

3 aircraft carriers in the middle-east... yeah last time there was war.

boiltherich's picture

Four, the Lincoln is leaving for the middle east on Wednesday.  Also, as of tomorrow the Nimitz will be finished with it's one year rehab in Bremerton and available to head out.  If the Reagan leaves SD, or the Eisenhower, or Big E leaves Norfolk, well no more wondering. 

wally_12's picture

Is it just me? Why do these things seem to happen on the weekend when markets are closed? Our satellite pictures are probably better than a RQ-170 pictures. Only advantage might be thermal images.

Instant Wealth's picture

Maybe they are spraying fertilizer on poppy fields.

LongBallsShortBrains's picture

I don't think they are taking pictures......

navy62802's picture

Satellites don't have the possibility of being shot down over Iran. See, you have to manufacture a pretext. Hard to do that if you're just using satellite images.

PulauHantu29's picture

Game time!

Watch $220 oil.

SilverTard's picture

Personally I am thinking $300-500



LookingWithAmazement's picture

Saudia will tap some extra crude. Problem solved. Always the same. System keeps going. Just like the $$ and the euro.

magpie's picture

That will work until Russia and Iran think sending guns and ammo to the protestors in Bahrain and Saudi is a good idea.

Lord Welligton's picture

the operational and electronic measures taken by the Islamic Republic of Iran's Armed Forces against invading aircraft will not remain limited to the Iran's borders.


yabs's picture

bullish for oil, and military complex BTFD

walcott's picture

"There will be Blood." Watch it. Based on Harry F. Sinclair  Sinclair Oil Corporation

Where the hell do you think WW2 started? Tunisia North Africa Middle East. Oil.

Mary Wilbur's picture

Evidently I've been living under the illusion it started when Hitler invaded Poland.

sabra1's picture

iran should prove they have the a-bomb, and nuke congress, and the white house, and those bilderbergers! a joyful day it would be!

Teamtc321's picture

Nobody need's to nuke nobody, that would be a joyful day. 

JOYFUL's picture

Hey, EVERY day be a JOYFUL  day,  long as we remember: We all in the same boat, livin in this world with just one hope.... Christian, Muslim, Hindu, etc. etc., ...let us be done with the traitors amongst us....the past will be just a bad nightmare, which morning's light will cast aside, along with the myriad 'dual citizens' who had blocked the sun from shining full upon our faces! 


mendolover's picture

Well get the popcorn!  Now on top of nukes, Iran has stealth drones!  haha

HD's picture

How did they ever detect our top secret stealth spy aircraft?

disabledvet's picture

All the girls have been all over me lately about "who the Stennis boys are." I told 'em "i'm workin' on it! on workin' on it!"

HamyWanger's picture

Much noise for nothing. It is common practice for countries to shut down unmanned vehicles and even manned airplanes which were not allowed by standard procedure to enter frontiers. Hell, Pakistan and China have probably shot down dozens of American airplanes over the last decade. 

Given that airplanes are equipped with parachutes, the pilots have time to jump.

Certainly not a casus belli, although I would like as much as you to see Iran wiped off from the planisphere.

Peak-oilers and doomers worldwide will have to find something else to keep their erection going on. The world is not going to end tomorrow, sorry.