Iran: Recovering Data From US Drone

Sentinel drone on display in Iran

Sentinel drone on display in Iran

It has been revealed that Iran has cracked through the security systems on a United States RQ-170 Sentinel drone which they captured last year. Tehran had claimed over the weekend that they have been able to recover data from the American spy drone, which has included information that the drone was used to spy on Osama Bin Laden.

With the possession of the drone firmly in Iran’s hands, they have also stated that they are in the process of reverse-engineering the US drone to build many copies of the original.


Unmanned surveillance planes such as this have been used for many years in Afghanistan, and more recently they have been used to get a visual on the compound being used by the world’s most wanted man, Osama Bin Laden.

However, the US officials have not said much about the aircraft which Iran claimed to have brought down. Iran is known for exaggerating its military strengths and advancements in technology, while the US suggests that the drone crashed due to some failure.

However, they are stating that they brought the aircraft down and that the capture of it is a victory for them over the US. The RQ-170 Sentinel drone is a top-secret aircraft, which is complete with stealth technology.

What US officials have said is that there was a malfunction in the drone which resulted with it coming down in Iran. Officials have also said that there is little to no chance that Iran could extract any sensitive information from the drone. This is because these aircraft involve measures which mean that that they contain almost no intelligence when going over hostile areas.

National asset

The US have asked for Iran to return the drone, but their requests have been rejected. Instead it is being used as a symbol of defeat, even though it was found in one piece. American officials revealed that the drone had been employed to monitor military and nuclear facilities in Iran.

General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, who is the chief of the aerospace division of the powerful Revolutionary Guards, said that the drone is now a ‘national asset’ for Iran and that he was not in positions to give out too many other details.

A great deal of time and money is spent by the US on developing its state of the art tools to use as part of war, and part of its defense programme. Defense spending for 2012 totalled over $1,030 trillion, which includes Homeland Security and counter-terrorism programs.

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