Sunday, May 11, 2014

Iran shows off latest UAV

(Tehran) In 2011, the US lost a top secret UAV over Iran, there is no ifs or buts about the story, it is fact which was most embarrassing for the US administration. But I'll have to admit, they didn't help themselves when they asked Iran to hand it back. Anyway, as any country would, Iran maximised the propaganda value by holding an open day where the world's press was invited to have a look at their new toy.

Well, that was December 2011. It appears in the 30 months since then, the mullahs have placed their best scientists to reverse engineer the RQ-170 Sentinel, and today they held a press day for their latest toy:

While I will accept that the Iranians have been able to build a copy of the body of the RQ-170 Sentinel, I doubt very much if they have been able to copy the internal workings of the UAV. Simply because Iran as good as it is in reverse engineering military equipment from the 60s and 70s, it isn't able to reproduce anything post 1980s. However, on that note, I wouldn't say the same for the Chinese whom it appeared got their hands on the downed Sentinel and have used it to build their own clone... the Lijian or Sharp Sword.