Sunday, December 11, 2011

'Iran has means to decrypt drone data'

A senior Iranian lawmaker says Iran owns the “ultra-advanced technology” which enables it to decode the captured US drone's data and documents.

Member of the Majlis (parliament) National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Seyyed Hossein Naqavi Hosseini said on Saturday that the Americans are seriously concerned about the documents the drone was carrying, Fars News Agency reported.

“However, they should know that the Islamic Republic of Iran will 'decode' the American drone's documents and data with the 'ultra-advanced technology' that it has,” he added.

The lawmaker said decoding the US drone's data will provide Iran's armed forces with very important information.

On Sunday December 4, the Iranian Army's electronic warfare unit downed, with minimum damage, the US RQ-170 Sentinel stealth aircraft which was flying over the Iranian city of Kashmar, some 140 miles (225km) from the Afghan border. The RQU-170 crossed into Iran's airspace over the border with neighboring Afghanistan earlier this week.

Naqavi further said the unmanned aerial vehicles operate via a remote navigation system and “therefore, if a country has the technology to remotely control the drones, it can put spy drones on any course it wants.”

The lawmaker stated that RQ-170 spy drones have a complicated mechanism and ultra-advanced electronic technology and are, in fact, the symbol of superior US technology.

“When such a drone with all this technology…is hunted by the armed forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran, it proves Iran's high [level of] defense technology in defending its airspace,” he said.

Iran has announced that it intends to carry out reverse engineering on the captured RQ-170 Sentinel stealth aircraft, which is similar in design to a US Air Force B-2 stealth bomber.

The RQ-170 is an unmanned stealth aircraft designed and developed by the Lockheed Martin Company.



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