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Pentagon acknowledges Iran drone aircraft downing

Posted By admin On December 5, 2011 @ 9:05 am In World News | Comments Disabled

Greg Jaffe and Thomas Erdbrink,
Washington Post [1]
December 5, 2011

A secret U.S. surveillance drone that went missing last week in western Afghanistan appears to have crashed in Iran, in what may be the first case of such an aircraft ending up in the hands of an adversary.

Iran’s news agencies asserted that the nation’s defense forces brought down the drone, which the Iranian reports said was an RQ-170 stealth aircraft. It is designed to penetrate enemy air defenses that could see and possibly shoot down less-sophisticated Predator and Reaper drones.

stealthy RQ-170 drone [2] played a critical role in surveilling the compound in Pakistan where Osama bin Laden was hiding in the months before the raid in which he was killed by U.S. Navy SEALs [3] in May.

U.S. officials acknowledged Sunday that a drone had been lost near the Iranian border, but they declined to say what kind of aircraft was missing.

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“We have no indication that it was brought down by hostile fire,” said a senior Pentagon official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive surveillance activity.

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[1] Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/iran-says-it-downed-us-stealth-drone-pentagon-acknowledges-aircraft-downing/2011/12/04/gIQAyxa8TO_story.html

[2] stealthy RQ-170 drone: http://defensetech.org/2011/05/18/rq-170-sentinel-stealth-drone-used-in-bin-laden-raid/

[3] raid in which he was killed by U.S. Navy SEALs: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/osama-bin-laden-killed-in-us-raid-buried-at-sea/2011/05/02/AFx0yAZF_story.html

[4] US Navy Drone Makes First Aircraft Carrier Landing: http://www.prisonplanet.com/us-navy-drone-makes-first-aircraft-carrier-landing.html

[5] Drone aircraft kills eight suspected militants in Pakistan: http://www.prisonplanet.com/drone-aircraft-kills-eight-suspected-militants-in-pakistan.html

[6] Iran claims to capture US drone over its airspace: http://www.prisonplanet.com/iran-claims-to-capture-us-drone-over-its-airspace.html

[7] U.S. says ‘no indication’ Iran shot down reconnaissance drone: http://www.prisonplanet.com/u-s-says-no-indication-iran-shot-down-reconnaissance-drone.html

[8] Iran fighters force US aircraft down; Pentagon Denies: http://www.prisonplanet.com/iran-fighters-force-us-aircraft-down-pentagon-denies.html

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