Friday, December 16, 2011

Iran to Hunt Down US Drones – Military Official

In a direct response to the comments made by the US Secretary of Defense last Wednesday, Rear Adm. Ali Shamkhani, Iran's former defense minister and the director of the Iranian military’s strategic studies center, said today that Iran will hunt down more US spy drones if they continue to violate the country’s air space.

“If U.S. spy planes continue their aggression, we won't be idle,” Adm. Shamkhani said. “We will continue to hunt down their spy planes.” [IRNA, 16 December].

US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta had said on Wednesday during a visit to Afghanistan — from where the drone flew out — that the US will continue to conduct intelligence operations such as the one that led to the loss of its RQ-170 Sentinel over Iran.

Iran has already demanded that Afghanistan stop allowing the US to use bases in the country to launch drone flights over Iran.


Mark Pyruz said...

The Iranians state they'll soon be putting on display seven UAV spy planes for foreign ambassadors and the press to inspect. They claim four of the aircraft are Israeli and three American.

If that Iranian engineer's recent explanation on the method in which the Sentinel was brought down is accurate--and it sounds plausible--then future U.S. stealth drone operations had better improve and secure their GPS/INS support systems.

Anonymous said...

To All Anons.
Pro or con. IRI

Heres a little history for you.

in the mid- to late 1980s,the IRGC built a UAV capable
of holding up to six RPG-7 rounds,this UAV was used in
combat against Iraqi ground forces—the world’s first
combat application of an unmanned combat aerial vehicle).
The positive wartime experience with UAVs
prompted Iranian leaders to endorse an expanded
investment in the UAV industry, which now produces
several families of the weapon. In October 1997, Iran
reported that it had successfully tested a stealth surveillance
UAV (made of composite materials) during
naval exercises in the northern Persian Gulf. It claimed
that the UAV flew by the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz

Fariborz Haghshenass
Iranian Military expert.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Fariborz for an accurate analysis of Iran's increasingly sophisticated UAV and aerospace program. The Christian Science Monitor yesterday had an indepth and factual article on how Iranian engineers and technicians have been working on finding "weak spots" on the US UAV navigation systems and data links. It is quite apparent that they have succeeded.

Iran has been the target of drones from Shamsi in Pakistan, Arbil in Iraqi Kurdistan (where a large team of Zionists ELINT is also based and obviously Taji and Basra bases in US occupied Iraq.

Since 2003 invasion of Iraq and US occupation, Iran has been subjected to almost daily overflights, however Iran has invested substantial expertise in developing counter ELINT counter measures. Over a dozen US and Zionist drones have been downed and examined by Iran and its allies. Iran even launced its own drones on US 5th fleet in the Persian Gulf which are very vulnerable in the shallow waters and their bottle-necked bases in the Persian Gulf petro-pimpdoms like Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, UAE and Saudi Arabia. The main threat is now US/Zionist Iraqi Kurdistan as US has been kicked out by the Paks from Shamsi.

The Russians and Chinese are also at the cutting edge of anti-drone technology including lasers and Iran is not that far behind, contrary to what are usual quota of anti-Iran simpleton ranters here drone on LOL.

"In 2009, Iran-backed Shiite militants in Iraq were found to have downloaded live, unencrypted video streams from American Predator drones with inexpensive, off-the-shelf software. But Iran’s apparent ability now to actually take control of a drone is far more significant.

Iran asserted its ability to do this in September, as pressure mounted over its nuclear program."

A former senior Iranian official who asked not to be named said: "There are a lot of human resources in Iran.... Iran is not like Pakistan."

In reality the Pakistanis have been handing downed US Tomahawks, "stealth choppers" and crashed drones to China and Iran on regular basis for examination and reverse engineering. The latest US fiasco with the Sentinal, besides being a huge embarrassment is a technology bonanza for Iran, Russia and China.

Anonymous said...

Even Hezbollah hijacked the Zionist communications system in the 2006 war. Iran's capabilities are Hezbollah multiplied by 77 million. No wonder Iran's enemies have been impotently barking for 33 years!

Anonymous said...

How Iran tamed the Beast of Kandahar?
'Iran 'spoofed' US drone in order to land it'

The method by which Iran took over one of America’s most sophisticated drones suggests Tehran has found a way to hit back. The techniques were developed from reverse-engineering several less sophisticated American drones captured or shot down in recent years, and by taking advantage of weak, easily manipulated GPS signals, which calculate location and speed from multiple satellites.

Western military experts and a number of published papers on GPS spoofing indicate that the scenario described by the Iranian engineer is plausible.
According to a European intelligence source, Iran shocked Western intelligence agencies in a previously unreported incident that took place sometime in the past two years, when it managed to “blind” a CIA spy satellite by “aiming a laser burst quite accurately.”

More recently, Iran was able to hack Google security certificates, says the engineer. In September, the Google accounts of 300,000 Iranians were made accessible by hackers. The targeted company said "circumstantial evidence" pointed to a "state-driven attack" coming from Iran, meant to snoop on users.

Cracking the protected GPS coordinates on the Sentinel drone was no more difficult, assert Iranian experts.
In January, Iran said it had shot down two conventional (nonstealth) drones, and in July, Iran showed Russian experts several US drones – including one that had been watching over the underground uranium enrichment facility at Fordo, near the holy city of Qom.

In capturing the stealth drone this month at Kashmar, 140 miles inside northeast Iran, the Islamic Republic appears to have learned from two years of close observation.

Iran displayed the drone on state-run TV last week, with a dent in the left wing and the undercarriage and landing gear hidden by anti-American banners.

Iranians have proved to be the quiet achievers in the silent world of electronic warfare.

Anonymous said...

Anon 4:04 PM

Who said it flew undetected over the USS Nimitz ?

Anonymous said...

some guy says his name ends in a-s-s said it.

mat said...

Anon 8.40 PM

Of course it was undetected. Logically, if that Iran's UAV at once detected, it would have already been shot down, instantly.

Anonymous said...


Not true the US would make Iran believe they were undetected but if hostility breaks out they will shot it down.
Basically is giving your enemy false sense of security oldest trick in the book.

Anonymous said...

Report: Iran 'blinded' CIA spy satellite

European intelligence source claims Iran stuns West by 'aiming a laser burst quite accurately' at US satellite in never before reported incident. US official: If Russians provided Iran with sophisticated jamming equipment it means a lot else is at risk too. The US is so concerned about its UAV security lapse that it has grounded all drone strikes in Iraq and Pakistan.

Anonymous said...