An Iranian military commander on Sunday said that Islamic republic is building a copy of a US spy drone captured in December 2011 and revealed what he said were “codes” gleaned from unmanned aircraft. “I am giving you four codes so that Americans understand just how far we have gone in penetrating the drone’s secrets” General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, the head of the Revolutionary Guards.
Iran“In October 2010, the aircraft was sent to California for some technical issues, where it was repaired and after flight tests, it was taken to Kandahar (Afghanistan) in November 2010, when a series of technical problems still prevailed,” he added that “In december 2010, it was sent to an airport near Los Angeles for repair of its equipment, sensors and flight tests. The drone was then sent back to Kandahar”.
The General did not give any further details saying, “this aircraft is a national treasure for us, and i cannot divulge information about it”. But he added that Iran has started producing a copy of the RQ-170 drone,” stressing it used the same US technology in stealth fighters and bombers.
The unmanned, bat-winged RQ-170 went down in Iran four months ago, and Iran’s gleeful military proudly displayed it on the state television apparently intact, though with what appeared to be damage to one of its wings. Iran claimed one of its cyber warfare team hacked its controls by confusing its GPS guidance system, and said they would reverse engineer the drone to make its own.
While US President Brack Obama made a vain request for Iran to return the drone, his defense secretary, Leon Panetta, voiced skepticism over how much technological knowledge Tehran could gain from the aircraft. Meanwhile Senator Joe Liberman, a leading US voice of defense and security matter said boasts by Tehran Sunday that it was reverse-engineering a US spy drone amounts to little more than ” Iranian Bluster”