Iran says it captures drone; U.S. denies losing one

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Foxdrake_360 wrote:

ScanEagle. The kleenex of drones. This is a non-story.

Dec 04, 2012 2:53am EST  --  Report as abuse
SeniorMoment wrote:

I can only hope that if this report is true that the drone was specially designed by Boeing to mislead Iran about how to build such weapons. It would also obviously indicate the existance of a design flaw that either allows aerial capature of the drone intact or was designed to make Iran think it can bring down any drone intact for reuse by Iran.

Drones are by their nature slow aircraft, which is where their vulnerability lies, but unlike the loss of a spotter plane on a dangerous mission over Vietnam, no lives are captured or lost when drones are captured.

In an actual war with Iran it would be unable to down or control enough drones to alter the outcome of the war and at up to $1 million each they are just as disposable as as an anti-missile missile used in Israel’s Iron Dome defense against short range missiles.

The arms race always pits offensive and defensive capabilities of nations in technological improvements, so it is even possible the drones are in fact entering Iran air space just to be used to test their vulnerabilities to electronic countermeasures and virus intrustions in case we engage Iran in war in the future.

Dec 04, 2012 3:54am EST  --  Report as abuse
SeniorMoment wrote:

AnandalMayi, Iran has no need for a drone over Texas. The U. S. is well mapped by past satelite imaging and the huge expense Google has in maintaining a fleet of cars to continuously tour the U. S. to provide street view images from streets and highways. In fact a tourist today can see most of the views in a state without every going to the state using street view images. Iran though is totalling lacking in weapons capable of reaching U. S. shores let alone inland targets, except by subtrifuge using commercial tankers and transport. The U. S. is also never likely to allow Iran to develop intercontinental ballistic missiles which would be viewed as a direct threat to the U. S.

Dec 04, 2012 3:59am EST  --  Report as abuse
americanguy wrote:

You can clearly see in the picture that…… no wait, there is no picture of the “captured” whatever with the story, never mind.

Dec 04, 2012 7:24am EST  --  Report as abuse
Animated wrote:

I would think it simple…that Boeing could install some type of self-destruct mechanism in drones…something that would decimate the “brains” at least. wouldnt take that much effort to hardwire some internal fire with a small amount of combustible material. hell…even a pinch of C4 would do the trick…and maybe even take out a few of the “finders” of a downed drone. :)

Dec 04, 2012 7:33am EST  --  Report as abuse
Bob9999 wrote:

“The IRGC statement did not specify when or where the drone was caught, or whether the unmanned spy plane was shot down or crashed. But it released what it said was video of an apparently undamaged ScanEagle being examined by uniformed officers beneath a sign reading ‘We shall trample on the U.S.’ in English.”

Presumably, the reason Iranian leaders act like buffoons is to make American policymakers overconfident.

Dec 04, 2012 7:41am EST  --  Report as abuse
Woltmann wrote:

Maybe Iran successfully captured one of their own drones, give them some credit ..

Dec 04, 2012 8:37am EST  --  Report as abuse
Neurochuck wrote:

I got the impression from various (dis)information that the first one was trapped using a Russian supplied fake GPS transmitter which drowned out the satellites, including telling it that it was back at base, so it came down to roost.
No subtle hacking, no decryption, no violence,
just “Duhh ! Only testing !”
Maybe an ancient Persian duck trapping technique ?
The Pentagon suppliers are going to be looking bad value when the Chinese sell copies all over the world at a 1/10 price.
So pay now for the next version with enhanced …

Dec 04, 2012 8:50am EST  --  Report as abuse
moetheshmo wrote:

The drone captured over Iran was not necessarily launched by the military. Hobbyists can buy a 24 hour drone with video on board for less than 1500 bucks. Those interested in bugging the Ayatollah can fly their drone over Tehran. But some will be lost due to ground fire.

Dec 04, 2012 8:59am EST  --  Report as abuse
misterjag wrote:

Since full scale mockups of the drone are on display at various museums, it’s pretty easy for the Iranians to cobble together a video that pretends to show a Scaneagle in their possession. LOL

Dec 04, 2012 9:01am EST  --  Report as abuse
julianzr wrote:

This is now the second time these things are captured. This is a costly business. We need to find a competent manufacturer.

Dec 04, 2012 9:54am EST  --  Report as abuse
Irishs wrote:

Donot worry, under project Lukam and Pinto israel will steal it and sell it to them anyway.Why worry about drones when Netanyahu, the nuclear terrorist steals american nuclear triggers and arms our enemies.

Dec 04, 2012 10:14am EST  --  Report as abuse
moonhill wrote:

After Benghazi, I no longer believe anything our government says.

Dec 04, 2012 10:22am EST  --  Report as abuse

On the international arms market, there are very few strategic weapons that cannot be purchased off-the-shelf by anyone, including Iran, and often at a cheaper rate than it cost to manufacture: such as drones, an assortment of stealth killer anti-aircraft weapons, stealthy submarines of all sizes, and silencer-equipped pistols.

Dec 04, 2012 11:50am EST  --  Report as abuse
OdinsAcolyte wrote:

The nation of Iran shall not survive much longer. Not if they choose to wage war against the US. I suppose they desire to emulate Iraq. We know who started this fight. All the propaganda in the world shall not erase memory. Had the nation any real ability, knowledge or guts the entire Middle East would be under America’s heel now. All politicians are criminals. It looks as though most citizens are sheep. Deceit is the new norm in every facet of life. Tell me I’m wrong. I prefer to die poor and free. Even that is not allowed. Governments find that idea to be anathema. Choose a side and prepare to make a stand.

Dec 04, 2012 12:06pm EST  --  Report as abuse
truthtorpedo wrote:

Does Reuters have imbeciles for writers, it says “Iran announced last year they had captured a US drone”… They announced?

It didnt happen? Reuters doesnt know it happened? They always have a slant towards Iran…

Speak the truth Reuters, IRAN “DID” CAPTURE A US DRONE LAST YEAR.

Dec 04, 2012 12:09pm EST  --  Report as abuse
OdinsAcolyte wrote:

The nation of Iran shall not survive much longer. Not if they choose to wage war against the US. I suppose they desire to emulate Iraq. We know who started this fight. All the propaganda in the world shall not erase memory. Had the nation any real ability, knowledge or guts the entire Middle East would be under America’s heel now. All politicians are criminals. It looks as though most citizens are sheep. Deceit is the new norm in every facet of life. Tell me I’m wrong. I prefer to die poor and free. Even that is not allowed. Governments find that idea to be anathema. Choose a side and prepare to make a stand. Everybody can have a gun. Ten paces. Turn. Fire. Problem solved.

Dec 04, 2012 12:16pm EST  --  Report as abuse
lizardspider wrote:

Air Force Drones.

Dec 04, 2012 1:36pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Harry079 wrote:

But the US did report an increase in the sale of Butterfly Nets in Iran during the 4th quarter of this year.

Dec 04, 2012 1:42pm EST  --  Report as abuse
randburg100 wrote:

It all comes down to who are the biggest liars – the yanks or the iranians…..and I see very little difference between the two!!

Dec 04, 2012 2:31pm EST  --  Report as abuse
lizardspider wrote:

A plausible scenario: Syria uses Chemical weapons, the United States enters the war, Russia enters the war with Iran, Israel enters the war. Everybody sorts things out and 7 year peace treaty is signed.

Dec 04, 2012 2:40pm EST  --  Report as abuse
realmerican wrote:

after Benghazi, I believe Iran more than some white house rep who says “theres no evidence” did you destroy the evidence? otherwise just show me the complete inventory. why is this complicated and without clear answers?

Dec 04, 2012 2:51pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Aristarchus wrote:

Whew! I thought this article was about Obama supporter hand gliding!

Dec 04, 2012 4:04pm EST  --  Report as abuse

I once had a dog called “drone” he went to my neighbours yard and bit the old lady next door. The police were at my door hours later, so I went on record saying to the officer “This drone is not mine”.

Dec 04, 2012 4:09pm EST  --  Report as abuse
AlkalineState wrote:

Iran keeps taking the bait. Every fake drone they take into their cave is taking pictures of them, tracking their positions…. and spreading our Western gay-gas into their empire.

Dec 04, 2012 4:40pm EST  --  Report as abuse
AlexJones wrote:

Soon you will have foreign countries flying drones over the US. You created the precedent. Can’t complain then.

Dec 04, 2012 5:17pm EST  --  Report as abuse
AlexJones wrote:

OdinsAcolyte wrote:

“The nation of Iran shall not survive much longer. Not if they choose to wage war against the US.”

Ha ha – the US in the problem here. Iran just wants to be left alone.

Dec 04, 2012 5:19pm EST  --  Report as abuse
seymourfrogs wrote:

Well, who else uses drones around there? Who (back in 1965) was using unmarked planes to shoot up US boats (& seek a response)?

Ah, yes, the Egyptians.

As for Iran, nutty tho’ its leadership is, it just wants respect. It doesn’t actually pose a threat. People always seem to need an Enemy to take their mind off real problems.

Dec 04, 2012 6:09pm EST  --  Report as abuse
The_Overseer wrote:

Most Americans Have NO Idea how soft our underbelly is. Our Military practices WAR every day on how enemies attack the USA and there tactics and some attacks have basically NO defense. How do you ID an attacker when a small nuclear weapons go off in NYC Harbor or Norfolk, What about New Orleans or the Port of Los Angeles. What about detonating one in the Midwest just the EMP pulse alone would destroy most electronics. Do you think they are going to say HEY ITS us over here?

Dec 04, 2012 6:57pm EST  --  Report as abuse
audifanman wrote:

I’d believe Iran over anything coming from our corrupt government.

Dec 04, 2012 7:56pm EST  --  Report as abuse

Who would believe America… or Reuters??

They are all a bunch of pathological liars! It’s literally their job to lie to you!! They are experts at it, and practice it every single day…

You lie about everything!! Even when they don’t need to lie, they lie anyway…

Lying is your first, second and third language.. it’s the first thing you do when you wake up and the last thing you do before you go to sleep!

Lying to US ‘PR Officials’ and ‘empire state media’ is like heroin, and they are absolutely addicted to it.

Seriously if these guys didn’t lie at least 5 times a day they would probably start convulsing in the fetal position from withdrawals…

Dec 04, 2012 8:29pm EST  --  Report as abuse

Another thing…

As if the US military could do a full audit of their entire drone program in 12 hours!!!

They have never moved that fast to prove anything in their entire existance!

This just shows how idiotic they think you are.

Dec 04, 2012 9:04pm EST  --  Report as abuse
boonteetan wrote:

Drones have never been undisputed master of the skies. Like all other air planes or flying objects, big or small, fast or slow, high or low, they can be trapped or shot down. The technology is already there. (mtd1943)

Dec 04, 2012 10:10pm EST  --  Report as abuse
JimPell wrote:

Hey, that’s my drone, and I want it back!

Dec 05, 2012 2:54am EST  --  Report as abuse

Good grief. I am embarrassed of all the sorelosers on our side posting here like a bunch of whiny pansies. Some of you are actually making up crap to tell yourself that this hasn’t happened.

Stop talking out of your Netanyahus you sissi Netanyahu-holes. Take your lumps like a man and stop whining and making things up like the chosenites.

Dec 05, 2012 4:42am EST  --  Report as abuse
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