Iran Releases Video Of Captured US Drone Plane

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Thu, 12/08/2011 - 13:06 | 1959075 HelluvaEngineer
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"We believe this is where it eats."

Thu, 12/08/2011 - 13:10 | 1959111 narapoiddyslexia
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Looks like Uncle Fester found a space alien. If they had any sense, they'd just surrender.

Thu, 12/08/2011 - 13:11 | 1959121 SHEEPFUKKER

Do they serve peanuts on the plane?

Thu, 12/08/2011 - 13:13 | 1959138 trav7777
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we should be looking at blowing this thing up right about now

Thu, 12/08/2011 - 13:14 | 1959154 redpill
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The Iranians won't know what half the stuff inside even is, but the Chicoms sure would love to get their little red fingers on it.

Thu, 12/08/2011 - 13:19 | 1959193 tarsubil
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The Chicoms might learn something but they have little chance of manufacturing anything resembling a replica. The oligarchs are not granting them such privileges. Lead based toothpaste? Oh yeah, they are experts on manufacturing that.

Thu, 12/08/2011 - 13:27 | 1959241 BaBaBouy
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WOW, looks like a design by Steve Jawbs.

China will pay $10 Bill CASH for this thing tomorrow,
or a 100 year supply of Dollar-Store Shit for the entire Pakistan

IRAN Just hit the JACKPOT Here !!!

Thu, 12/08/2011 - 13:28 | 1959262 TruthInSunshine
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It's the Stealth Drone 4s, and it was made in China, with the assistance of North Korean and Pakistani engineers.

Thu, 12/08/2011 - 13:31 | 1959292 BaBaBouy
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Iran / Pakistan, pretty much interchangable ...

Thu, 12/08/2011 - 13:37 | 1959331 TruthInSunshine
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Actually, it could be a trojan horse with Team America stowed away inside.

Thu, 12/08/2011 - 13:53 | 1959443 Harlequin001
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and China's R&D just took a huge leap forward, at no additional cost.

well at least there will be a lot more better quality model aircraft in the shops next Christmas.

No doubt they'll still all be running on the same fucking frequency though, just to piss everybody off...

Thu, 12/08/2011 - 13:53 | 1959457 So Close
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Does not look damaged or "shot down" to me.

Thu, 12/08/2011 - 13:56 | 1959472 TruthInSunshine
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Whisper rumor that Foxconn is getting slammed with orders for its newest drone today...

Thu, 12/08/2011 - 14:00 | 1959492 Harlequin001
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It will be available and on the shelves in Asia in compacted form by Friday.

for only $10 a unit...

Thu, 12/08/2011 - 14:08 | 1959554 pupton
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And for half the price...

The thought that was going through my mind was: "have we just armed Iran with their "delivery vehicle" for the supposed nuke they are building?"  Probably not, nuke warhead's payload would be too heavy for this little drone, right?

Thu, 12/08/2011 - 14:45 | 1959827 Spirit Of Truth
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Ummm....that looks like popsicle sticks and balsa wood!

Figures that we'll probably blow up the world over it...

Thu, 12/08/2011 - 14:00 | 1959496 CrazyCooter
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One day old news ... from the WSJ ...

But the U.S. official said the drone developed mechanical difficulties and remote pilots lost control of the aircraft, and said officials knew immediately it had crashed in eastern Iran.

I would also note composite materials can be (1) much stronger than traditional metals like aluminum and (2) are much lighter, so its possible that it just glided into a desert somewhere as opposed to doing a high speed nose dive.

Not sure how else to explain the condition unless the materials are really THAT strong.



Thu, 12/08/2011 - 14:17 | 1959630 Transformer
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Uhhhh, how about this for an explanation.  Drone virus was very real. . . . someone else took control and landed it.  Notice the undercarriage is covered up, when it landed it probably tore off the gear.  The reason for video was to show the world that it wasn't shot down, and it didn't crash, it was taken over.  Military types in Nevada are having shit fits about now.  Chances of gliding itself down and being intact would be nil.  I would imagine there is also a self destruct mechanism so as to prevent this very thing from happening.  This is a very "In your face"video for the military.

Thu, 12/08/2011 - 14:41 | 1959797 LFMayor
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I think you're dead on. If the history channel about Northrops flying wing from the 50's is indicator, these designs are not inherently stable in flight.  they have to have computer control to compensate, else their attitude in flight gyrates in ever worsening waves.

Someone landed, or semi-landed it.  The covering of the landing gear might be to just throw off the investigation of why/how it came down.

Thu, 12/08/2011 - 23:16 | 1961654 CrazyCooter
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Oh, I am late and no one will see this.

First, I suggest you read the following book (just to be clued in - applies to all readers):

Second, if you don't understand the nature of advanced material sciences these days (e.g. nano-tech materials) then you need to understand it before having an opinion.

Third, I commented once, to a former retired AF officer (former drinking buddy of mine - I live in a remote state now) that with these new materials planes would crash and keep their form and they would scrape the jelly out from the inside and re-use the shell. He just laughed (he thinks I am crazy). He builds F-35s.

So, do some science home work and get back to me on the crash vs controlled decent.

People really need to understand that nanotech is one of the possible Kondratiev waves for the future. I am dead serious; it will re-write manufacturing across the board. I opted not to bet on it with a re-degree from college/university, so take that at face value. For the record, my future K-Waves are; (1) material sciences, (2) energy, (3) bio-informatics, and (4) plow mules.

Take your pick.



Thu, 12/08/2011 - 15:46 | 1960077 KCMLO
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Though I never worked with UAVs, as an AF vet I agree with this assessment.  Either it's a mock-up, and I don't know enough about the RQ-170 to say that it is, or it was brought down rather gently somehow.  However, you use drones to do work "too dangerous" or "politically non-viable" for humans.  The hardware on that drone can't be too valuable given it's role.  By design it was meant to be lost.  They might have new insight into some of the hardware used, but considering it's a collection platform, it's probably nothing particularly exotic.  I flew on the RC-135, the collection systems we used were entirely unclassified, and quite frankly, decently shitty, yet what information we gathered and what we did with it is a different story.

Thu, 12/08/2011 - 16:28 | 1960248 Old Poor Richard
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The bigger drones have pushbutton take off and landing.  They're not remote piloted, they're driven by uploading waypoints into the nav system.  Possible that it landed itself when it was low on fuel after coms were not regained.  If the people in charge had half a brain, when on a mission in hostile territory it would first try to fly back to home turf and if unable then destroy itself.  Some drones carry payloads (interesting receivers and signal processing techniques) which you wouldn't want to hand over to opponents.  It's extremely unlikely that it's radio link could be hijacked, but possible that it could simply be jammed. This is huge fsck-up, not a minor fsck-up, IMO.



Thu, 12/08/2011 - 17:52 | 1960829 DaveyJones
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"politically non-viable for humans" 

I never realized how simple international policy was. I need more beer and oil, honey where are the robots? 

Fri, 12/09/2011 - 04:50 | 1962125 Keri at Bankste...
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Or, try this one: The US intentionally landed the thing in Iran to further the perennial blood thirst, "lets attack Iran" plan.

Or, another---Trojan Horse Plan B: The US lands the thing; it is equipped with satellite tracking; the Iranians take it and its components to various research facilities, and now the US knows the precise location of those facilities (for future strikes, of course).

That's some hellavu composite skin to endure anything other than a controlled descent and remain as intact as it appears, assuming it is what the US or Iran are claiming in the first place. You can't trust either source...unless one mindlessly believes that the US can do no wrong, as too many people already do contend. Furthermore, the US is has admitted that the thing cruised into Iranian airspace, as there's no other way it would have ended up on Iranian soil: what would be the average American's reaction to a news headline on Drudge that an Iranian drone "accidentally" drifted over NYC? The US apparently has license to violate the sovereignty of any nation (ask Pakistan, or family members of the "10 or so civilians" killed for every so-called "militant" drone hit), and to complete such illegal and immoral actions by any means necessary. Such a belligerent and obtuse strategy has historically been known as "picking a fight," or "acts of war."

The CIA flies drones over any nation it desires, and kills people. Hundreds of people. Thousands of people in Pakistan alone, the majority of whom are admittedly civilians and not "terrorists." I'm still totally unclear of exactly how killing "terrorists" with drones in Pakistan is "keeping me safer" in the US. But I've long been unclear of how anything the CIA does "keeps me safer."

Thu, 12/08/2011 - 15:49 | 1960086 Questan1913
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Its condition indicates that early reports that Iran had taken control of the aircraft were correct.  Of course that story was killed.

Thu, 12/08/2011 - 16:49 | 1960443 Kayman
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Foxconn chips that "mysteriously" made it land in China's lapdog, Iran.

We're gonna owe Mossad big-time for destroying this baby in Iran.

Thu, 12/08/2011 - 14:05 | 1959523 Citxmech
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Maybe it landed itself by design.

Wonder if there's "ticking" coming from inside. . .

Thu, 12/08/2011 - 14:10 | 1959576 TruthInSunshine
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No sark -


Iran's new agency is reporting that the Iranian Military hacked into the frequency of the drone and landed it remotely.

I have no idea whatsoever as to whether this is even feasible, but that's what's being reported.


Sark -


Looks like someone forgot to change the Homelink passcode again!

Thu, 12/08/2011 - 14:16 | 1959618 Harlequin001
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It will have flown past some Iranian kid with a $20 toy car on 27Mhz and gone tits up...

Thu, 12/08/2011 - 14:47 | 1959784 TruthInSunshine
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Skynet got jacked with a Radio Shack RC Monster Dune Buggy controiler?

I hope this thing wasn't running Windows Vista.

Thu, 12/08/2011 - 15:52 | 1960101 crazyjsmith
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Go Long Pilots


Thu, 12/08/2011 - 19:47 | 1961158 LongBallsShortBrains
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Or maybe it was a flawed design, so let them spend time reverse engineering a drone that failed to complete its mission.

Thu, 12/08/2011 - 15:56 | 1960115 Smiley
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Control systems could have been hacked and flight control transferred to an Iranian controller who then could have landed it safely.  Don't know for sure but is remote controlled so it is certainly possible.

Thu, 12/08/2011 - 16:07 | 1960161 J 457
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Since its remote controlled, I wonder if they somehow took control of the plane eletronically by computer.

Thu, 12/08/2011 - 19:47 | 1961160 supafuckinmingster
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My guess is either photoshop or lots of strategically placed duct tape.

Thu, 12/08/2011 - 14:17 | 1959626 NoClueSneaker
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Well, if someone had stuffed Ben, Lloyd, Jamie and Timmay inside ....

...byebye Iran. No nukes required.


Thu, 12/08/2011 - 14:46 | 1959838 JW n FL
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I like you and your thinking!

Thu, 12/08/2011 - 15:51 | 1960095 prole
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Exactly what they did to Russia.

Thu, 12/08/2011 - 16:44 | 1960400 NoClueSneaker
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Thx, m8 ...  :-)

Thu, 12/08/2011 - 13:39 | 1959363 The Fonz
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Something about the images in that video made me realize just how fucked Iran is. It looks like a bunch of confused scientists looking at a space craft.  We made that plane and them standing in front of it clueless really drives home just how very very dangerous our military is. How far is Iran from being able to do something like build that craft? Could they ever do it?  This is going to get so very ugly.

Thu, 12/08/2011 - 13:49 | 1959435 narapoiddyslexia
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Which is precisely what I said, above, and got down voted!  Go figure. I guess I have to be more explicit around here.

Thu, 12/08/2011 - 14:02 | 1959463 Harlequin001
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Don't you kid yourself. The other team just got its hands on your technology for free, all of it and in its full operational glory.

For a nation that fights its batles standing behind its missiles first, and then sends its all-too-large and untrained army in second, I don't think you realise what this loss really means, and just how fucked you really are now.

You just gave away all your secrets to the enemy.

Thu, 12/08/2011 - 14:02 | 1959511 tarsubil
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You can't be serious.

Thu, 12/08/2011 - 14:11 | 1959588 Harlequin001
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Oh no. I think it's a huge joke, incredibly funny, not...

Your entire predator project is now offline whilst you guys go figure out how to stop the enemy from simply taking over your entire fleet now that you've effectively given them your software.

I think its incredibly funny that they can now start working on how to hack your ECM and all the other systems you have on these things...

Laugh a minute, that one...

Thu, 12/08/2011 - 14:16 | 1959624 TruthInSunshine
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I don't think Americans need worry much.

If this were the real thing, it will be festooned with scrawled messages in magic marker such as "Stealth, bitchez!," "We're #1," "Suck This Iran!," and a sticker that read 'Designed in Cupertino, California. Fabricated in China.'

Thu, 12/08/2011 - 14:48 | 1959842 narapoiddyslexia
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All the damage from the crash and the self-destruct charges was hidden by the cloth.

Thu, 12/08/2011 - 14:49 | 1959848 Harlequin001
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so little if any damage then...

Thu, 12/08/2011 - 15:19 | 1959976 narapoiddyslexia
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Its bizarre that they would display it that way. Godlike, draped with cloth which just happens to cover more than half the surface. And the rear is entirely unseen... clever staging for the thoughtless dweebs.

Not so dumb, though, is it? It keeps the CIA from findng out exactly how much is intact. And how much osn't.

Thu, 12/08/2011 - 16:54 | 1960153 crazyjsmith
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ZH quote back on 10/7 - eerie - ZH is so way ahead of the game

"Next up: "terrorists" intercept control of America's drone system. That may explain why authorities are mulling the consequences of a New York nuclear strike. News not at eleven."

Thu, 12/08/2011 - 14:43 | 1959812 stewie
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Assuming the softwre is intact is a mistake.


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