January 18th 2012
On December 4th, flying about 140 miles (225 kilometres) inside Iran’s border, on a clandestine surveillance mission to spy on Iran’s nuclear sites, was a hi-tech unmanned secret aircraft, able to fly undetected at altitudes as high as 50,000 feet. Then, the very thing that was not supposed to happen … happened. The pilot controlling the remote controlled plane lost contact with the bat-winged stealth plane.
UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) are programmed to fly back to their base if they lose radio contact. If there were a malfunction, the drone would have either returned to base or crashed, which would have destroyed the aircraft.
Neither happened. The Sentinel drone is in perfect condition. The Iranian Air Force has put it on display in all its gleaming glory. Already Chinese and Russian military intelligence officials have visited the display.
Iran displays the super secret Sentinel Stealth Drone in public
It is believed the RQ-170 Sentinel Stealth Drone, considered the perfect spy plane, was carrying sophisticated sensors that the Iranian military would love to get their hands on. These include communications encryption apparatus, hyper spectral imaging systems and refined nuclear particle detectors.
Now this surveillance technology is in the hands of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, the very people that were being spied on.
In an interview with the Iranian Fars News Agency, The Commander of the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force, Major-General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, said that the Iranian Army’s electronic warfare unit suspected the drone would enter Iranian airspace and followed it before electronically hijacking it over Kashmar in northeastern Iran.
He confirmed that the drone was brought down by being hijacked remotely and landed under Iranian control, saying, “After entering the country's eastern space the plane was caught in an electronic ambush by the armed forces and it was brought down on the land with minimum damage.”
President Obama sent a formal request asking Iran to return the high tech airplane.
Tehran has decided to comply with the request to return a Sentinel stealth drone.
According to Moqawama.org Iranian radio reported that a toy model will be sent to White House.
Tehran has decided to comply with the request to return a Sentinel stealth drone. Not the original downed drone, but a replica model … a toy.
Iranian radio reported that this toy model will be sent to White House.
The report said “The model will be one eightieth the size of the original aircraft,” adding, “the models will also be sold on the Iranian marked for about 70,000 rials.” That is approximately $4 each.