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dbt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-16-11 07:18 AM
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Exclusive: Iran hijacked US drone, says Iranian engineer
Source: The Christian Science Monitor

Iran guided the CIA's "lost" stealth drone to an intact landing inside hostile territory by exploiting a navigational weakness long-known to the US military, according to an Iranian engineer now working on the captured drone's systems inside Iran.

Iranian electronic warfare specialists were able to cut off communications links of the American bat-wing RQ-170 Sentinel, says the engineer, who works for one of many Iranian military and civilian teams currently trying to unravel the drones stealth and intelligence secrets, and who could not be named for his safety.

Using knowledge gleaned from previous downed American drones and a technique proudly claimed by Iranian commanders in September, the Iranian specialists then reconfigured the drone's GPS coordinates to make it land in Iran at what the drone thought was its actual home base in Afghanistan.

"The GPS navigation is the weakest point," the Iranian engineer told the Monitor, giving the most detailed description yet published of Iran's "electronic ambush" of the highly classified US drone. "By putting noise on the communications, you force the bird into autopilot. This is where the bird loses its brain."


Read more: http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2011/1215/Ex...
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Lasher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-16-11 10:58 AM
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1. Why were they flying with this long-known navigational weakness?
What mission was important enough to risk giving this drone and its technology to Iran? Heads should roll but they won't because those accountable are of privileged rank.
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