Saturday, February 23, 2013

IRGC Captures A Spy Drone - Fars

Forced Landing Near Great Prophet 8 Exercises


Iran’s semi-official Fars News Agency has reported that IRGC forces have force-landed a foreign spy drone inside Iran. The drone was reportedly observing the IRGC ground forces maneuvers, code named Great Prophet 8, underway near the southern city of Sirjan. The type and nationality of the captured drone have not been announced.

IRGC Brig. Gen. Hamid Sarkheili, the spokesman for Great Prophet 8 exercises, told reporters that IRGC air defense units had detected signals indicating that foreign drones intended to enter the country’s airspace, and one of them was captured near the area of the exercises. Gen. Sarkheili added that the landing of the drone has been captured on film and will be shown publicly if the military commanders so choose. (Fars News Agency, 23 February)

Earlier, Mehr, another semi-official news agency, had reported that IRGC forces observed a foreign drone near the area of the maneuvers but it did not say the drone was captured.

File photo: File photo of a drone (Mehr News Agency)  

15 comments:

Mark Pyruz said...

It's a claim. Waiting for photo or video confirmation. The Mehr file photo is a reuse of a Boeing promotional pic for a ScanEagle.

Anonymous said...

This is one of the main problem of I.R.of Iran. Unprofessional Journalism (e.g. Monkey, Qaher , ....) is actually harms much more than what western media prorogate against Iran. If they want to do just one thing that improves their so called soft war considerably the path is clear : Change the Journalism policy and managements with professional serious and educated people.

Nader Uskowi said...

I don’t disagree with your characterization of the state of government-sponsored journalism. But in this case, it is an IRGC general, who is in fact the spokesman for the military exercises, making the announcement. If this were a false claim, it would have serious long-term implications for the IRGC’s image. It’s for that reason that I believe they have captured a drone.

Anonymous said...

If the western governments tell you something, you do not desire their proof...

Those government are speedy, for instance, to state that 70 000 people were killed in Syria (because Assad rules...), but the same governments, who incited aggression and violence in Irag, don't feel obliged, despite the years, to provide civilian casualties that brought their aggression..

A-F

Anonymous said...

no I mean the image. I think also they have something.

Anonymous said...

Here's hoping it's something good.

Anonymous said...

they might have captured it, it might be a Saudi drone ... or they might have paid to have a drone that crashed elsewhere brought to them.

Jabbar Fazeli, MD said...

Mark, did Mehr news actually state that their photo source is "file photo" or are they hoping that we would guess that?

mat said...

Is there any other nation out there instead of IRAN, with the capability(electronic warfare unit's experts and engineers) of bringing down those tresspassing foreign drones onto its soil with minimal damage without simply shooting them with missiles?

Nader Uskowi said...

A-F,
What is the relevance of your comments regarding the topic under discussion? We are discussing the IRGC’s announcement that it had captured a drone during its military exercise, and questions on how the government-run press cover the story. How is it related to Syria? How is it related to Iraq? Are you OK?

Jabbar, Mehr ran the picture without saying it was a file photo. To a casual observer, s/he might have thought it was the drone captured/observed. Unfortunately that’s how the semi-official news agencies and newspapers in Iran run their business these days.

Anonymous said...

Publicity stunts instead of diplomacy/problem solving; they have made themselves to the laughing stock of the world; such news dont project indeed any form of strenght - on the contrary ; they mis-take their own low class origin for cleverness (lol) ...

Anonymous said...

Damn Iran for capturing another drone! How dare they, do they really think we can't violate their airspace? This is clearly the actions of a regime that does not seek to be our slave... I mean, does not seek diplomacy!

Anonymous said...

nice try - the need for cooperation in the world is basic and unconditional; your need for cooperation is not an (political) option for you; it is a necessity that is built into your very system; you can not use meaningsless words like 'independence' or 'slavery' to withdraw from cooperation; only low class losers who run away from responsiblity think that way; the secret of strength is friendship - and nothing else; you are independent or strong if and only if you have friends (plural) ! Otherwise you are a loser (dreaming about beeing strong) ...

B.M.A said...

THERE ISN'T SIR !! may be if SOMEONE will copy the technology from IRAN!.

Anonymous said...

In an answer to your 11:54 PM comment, I will inform you that the relevance of my comments is that, that you state that "I don't disagree with (somebody)...characterization of the state...journalism", that it doesn't provide proper information (which could benefit enemies).

You personally have doubted in that success of the monkey's flight into the space... and as usually your most positions is to disseminate doubts... about Iranian achievements.

From the following information it had come up, that in its exercises the IRGC uses drones that perform "enemy tasks" and the IRGC manages to bring them down, and therefore in their announcements, they don't have to use abbreviations("...") that it was that kind of drone...

Also in relation to your complaints about the relevance of my comments, please use the same standards to other commentators who are allowed to write whatever they wish, including slurs, slogans, name calling and etc....

A-F