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Iran says it has cracked the codes of the captured U.S. spy drone

Discussion in 'International Politics' started by Manmohan Yadav, Apr 22, 2012.

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  1. Manmohan Yadav

    Manmohan Yadav Brigadier STAR MEMBER

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    Iran declared Sunday it has "cracked the codes" of the intelligence gathering system of a U.S. spy drone it captured last year for violating its airspace, the nation's semiofficial media reported.

    Tehran bragged about seizing the unmanned U.S. drone aircraft with stealth technology in December and displayed it on national television as a victory for Iran.

    Months later, an Iranian senior military official declared armed forces have extracted data from it to prove a point to the Pentagon, which they said expressed doubt Tehran can be able to decode it.

    "This plane is seen as a national capital for us and our words should not disclose all the information that we have very easily," Brig. Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh was quoted as saying by the semiofficial Fars News Agency.

    "Yet, I provide four cues in here to let the Americans know how deep we could penetrate into the intelligence systems and devices of this drone."

    Some data from the drone's memory device revealed it had flown over the Pakistani hideout of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden two weeks before his death in May, according to Hajizadeh.

    "Had we not accessed the plane's softwares and hard discs, we wouldn't have been able to achieve these facts," he said.

    Iran has also decoded information such as protocols, repairs and flight sorties, said the military leader, who commands the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps' aerospace forces.

    Information shows the drone was in California in October 2010 for repairs and was moved to Afghanistan the following month, where it had problems that U.S. experts could not solve, he said.

    The United States did not immediately comment on Tehran's claims Sunday.

    In December, President Barack Obama said the United States asked Iran to return the drone aircraft it claimed to have. At the time, two U.S. officials confirmed to CNN that the missing drone was part of a CIA reconnaissance mission that involved both the intelligence community and military personnel stationed in Afghanistan.

    "We've asked for it back. We'll see how the Iranians respond," Obama had said.

    Iranian military officials have vowed not to return the plane.
     
  2. PK787

    PK787 Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    iran is officially bad as*!!!
     
  3. true

    true 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    Sir,
    Why is iron officially bad ... ?
    Jai Hind.:india:
     
  4. Marqueur

    Marqueur Peaceful Silence ELITE MEMBER

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    though it may not be shared with India ... but definitely it will be shared with China n Russia ...

    or it mite be a joint effort between iran-russia-china .... big possibility ...
     
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    It was the RQ-170 Sentinel. Do you guys think Iran has enough software capability
    to emulate the exact design codes?
     
  6. tunguska

    tunguska Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    Iran has good cooperation with russia and china. But if this is right than i am sure china has helped him.
     
  7. PK787

    PK787 Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    i never said that its bad, lol
     
  8. SajeevJino

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    Iran says it is building copy of captured US drone


    A senior Iranian commander says the country has reverse-engineered an American spy drone captured by Tehran's armed forces last year and has begun building a copy

    General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, who is chief of the aerospace division of the powerful Revolutionary Guards, was quoted on Sunday by the semi-official Mehr news agency as saying that experts are also recovering data from the U.S. RQ-170 Sentinel captured in December in eastern Iran.

    US officials have acknowledged losing the drone. They have said Iran will find it hard to exploit any data and technology aboard it because of measures taken to limit the intelligence value of drones operating over hostile territory
     
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  9. PK787

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    Iran sent toy versions of that drone to Obama :laugh:
     
  10. SajeevJino

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    Panetta dismisses Iran claims on copying US drone


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    US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Monday dismissed claims by Iran that it had gleaned data from a downed US drone and was now building a copy of the robotic spycraft.

    "I can tell you from my experience that I would seriously question their ability to do what they said they've done," Panetta, a former CIA director, told reporters before landing in Bogota.

    The commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards' aerospatial division, General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, said on Sunday that Iran had discovered "codes" from the bat-winged RQ-170 Sentinel that fell into Tehran's hands in December.

    Panetta scoffed at Iran's account but said he could not discuss details of such a sensitive subject.

    "It's, obviously, a classified program. I don't want to get into the particulars," he said during a briefing on his flight to Bogota, at the start of a Latin American tour.

    Iran's gleeful military proudly displayed the unmanned Sentinel drone on state television apparently intact, though with what appeared to be damage to one of its wings.

    Iran claimed one of its cyberwarfare team hacked the drone's controls by confusing its GPS guidance system, and has since claimed it would reverse-engineer the drone.

    US officials acknowledged losing the drone on a spying mission over Iran, but asserted the stealth aircraft came down because of a technical problem, not any Iranian intervention.

    Panetta, in his first visit to Latin America as Pentagon chief, said the United States was concerned about the Guards' alleged attempts to expand their influence in the Middle East as well as in South America.

    "That in my book relates to expanding terrorism, and I think that's one of the areas we're all concerned about," he said.

    Speaking later at a joint press conference in Bogota with his Colombian counterpart Juan Carlos Pinzon, the US defense secretary announced the sale of 10 military helicopters to Colombia, including five Black Hawks, to help the government in its fight with FARC leftist rebels.
     
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    IRAN SAYS IT IS BUILDING COPY OF CAPTURED RQ-170

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    Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, chief of the aerospace division of the powerful Revolutionary Guards, related what he said were details of the aircraft's operational history to prove his claim that Tehran's military experts had extracted data from the U.S. RQ-170 Sentinel captured in December in eastern Iran, state television reported.

    Among the drone's past missions, he said, was surveillance of the compound in northwest Pakistan in which Osama Bin Laden lived and was killed.

    Tehran has flaunted the capture of the Sentinel, a top-secret surveillance drone with stealth technology, as a victory for Iran and a defeat for the United States in a complicated intelligence and technological battle.

    U.S. officials have acknowledged losing the drone. They have said Iran will find it hard to exploit any data and technology aboard it because of measures taken to limit the intelligence value of drones operating over hostile territory.

    Hajizadeh told state television that the captured surveillance drone is a "national asset" for Iran and that he could not reveal full technical details. But he did provide some samples of the data that he claimed Iranian experts had recovered.

    "There is almost no part hidden to us in this aircraft. We recovered part of the data that had been erased. There were many codes and characters. But we deciphered them by the grace of God," Hajizadeh said.

    He said all operations carried out by the drone had been recorded in the memory of the aircraft, including maintenance and testing.

    Hajizadeh claimed that the drone flew over Osama Bin Laden's compound in Pakistan two weeks before the al-Qaeda leader was killed there in May 2011 by U.S. Navy SEALs. He did not say how the Iranian experts knew this.

    Before that, he said, "this drone was in California on Oct. 16, 2010, for some technical work and was taken to Kandahar in Afghanistan on Nov. 18, 2010. It conducted flights there but apparently faced problems and (U.S. experts) were unable to fix it," he said.

    Hajizadeh said the drone was taken to Los Angeles in December 2010 where sensors of the aircraft underwent testing at an aerospace factory.

    "If we had not achieved access to software and hardware of this aircraft, we would be unable to get these details. Our experts are fully dominant over sections and programs of this plane," he said. "It's not that we can bring down a drone but cannot recover the data."

    There are concerns in the U.S. that Iran or other states may be able to reverse-engineer the chemical composition of the drone's radar-deflecting paint or the aircraft's sophisticated optics technology that allows operators to positively identify terror suspects from tens of thousands of feet in the air.

    There are also worries that adversaries may be able to hack into the drone's database, as Iran claimed to have done. Some surveillance technologies allow video to stream through to operators on the ground but do not store much collected data. If they do, it is encrypted.

    Media reports claimed this week that Russia and China have asked Tehran to provide them with information on the drone but Iran's Defense Ministry denied this.
     
  12. SajeevJino

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    US drone data decryption technological breakthrough:

    A senior Iranian lawmaker says decoding the data on the downed US Sentinel reconnaissance drone marks a turning point in the Islamic Republic’s technological breakthrough.


    “The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) in a major and successful move has decoded the records on the downed US RQ-170 Sentinel reconnaissance drone. It is a turning point in Iran’s capabilities and technological progress,” the Chairman of Iran’s Majlis (parliament) National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Alaeddin Boroujerdi said on Tuesday.

    Boroujerdi went on say that the move shows the capabilities of the skillful Iranian scientists in making an Iranian reconnaissance drone, more advanced than the American one.

    On December 4, the Iranian military's electronic warfare unit announced that the country has successfully downed the US RQ-170 Sentinel stealth reconnaissance aircraft inside Iran with minimal damage.

    The aircraft, designed and developed by the American company Lockheed Martin, had crossed into Iran's airspace over the border with neighboring Afghanistan.

    Navy Commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi announced on April 22, 2012, that Iran has successfully decoded all the records on the downed US Sentinel reconnaissance drone.

    There were “numerous codes, but we obtained all the information on its memory, including the protocols, repairs and flight sorties; for instance, the data of a flight after repairs in 2010 or the [drone’s] deployment in the operation against [slain al-Qaeda leader Osama] bin Laden in Pakistan,” said Rear Admiral Fadavi.
     
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    Sir,
    Thanks for updates.
    Jai Hind.:india:
     
  14. KAUTILYA

    KAUTILYA Lieutenant SENIOR MEMBER

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    Another crap in the making!!
    This is really a bogus!!I mean this goes on to show the kind of immaturity and irresponsibility that radicalized misguided nation's suffer from!!
     
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