About that U.S. Drone Allegedly Captured by Iran

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An image grab taken from Iran's state television Al-Alam is said to show U.S. drone that penetrated its airspace over Gulf waters, Dec. 4.

Iran‘s Revolutionary Guards claimed to have “hunted down” an American drone over Iranian airspace, but there may be a lot of internal politics involved in the all-out propaganda fest launched on state media to declare Tehran’s military prowess in the Persian Gulf.

Iranian officials used the alleged intrusion to highlight what they called America’s spying activity against Iran, effectively turning the media conversation into a celebration of the Guards’ strength and focusing public attention away from a host of thorny subjects the regime has struggled with recently. Between the collapse of its currency, a sharp warning from the United States against Tehran’s ally Syria, open rifts between factions of its own regime, and the embarrassing death of a blogger under torture, Iran has faced unusually intense pressure in just the past month.

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shahg64
shahg64

"allegedly"...lol they have it on display...

smedleybutlersociety
smedleybutlersociety

"allegedly?" Not any more.  The drone Iran says it captured appears to be a U.S.-made ScanEagle, Pentagon spokesman George Little said, in a change from the initial U.S. rejection of the Iranian claim.

smedleybutlersociety
smedleybutlersociety

"Between the collapse of its currency, a sharp warning from the United States against Tehran’s ally Syria, open rifts between factions of its own regime, and the embarrassing death of a blogger under torture, Iran has faced unusually intense pressure in just the past month."

There must be a pony in there somewhere.

smedleybutlersociety
smedleybutlersociety

This other event should also relieve that pesky "unusually intense pressure" in Iran. 

Dec 6, 2012 -- Report: Thieves Steal Israeli F-16 Warplane Engines -- JERUSALEM — Thieves have made off with several U.S.-made engines for F-16 warplanes worth millions of dollars from an airbase in central Israel, army radio reported Dec. 6.Israel’s Walla Internet site said preliminary findings after an investigation by military police indicated there may have been collusion between the thieves and personnel, either military or civilian, at the base.It said the military police suspect the engines may have been stolen to be sold as scrap metal. It is not known when the thefts took place.Army radio said a military spokesman refused any comment on the incident, except to say that an official report on the inquiry would be sent to the military prosecutor.http://www.defensenews.com/article/20121206/DEFREG04/312060002/Report-Thieves-Steal-Israeli-F-16-Warplane-Engines?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

What to do with several F-16 engines lifted from Israel? 

June 28, 2012 -- Iran Gets An F-16 --  Iran has apparently received an American F-16 fighter from Venezuela. The mercurial and anti-American president of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, has, for the last six years, been threatening to sell some of his F-16s to Iran. Finally sending one to Iran was apparently an effort to help Iran prepare its defenses against an air raid by Israeli F-16Is. This Venezuelan gesture is not likely to help much as the Venezuelan F-16s are much older models while the current Israeli F-16s are the most modern model available.The Venezuelan F-16s were received in 1983 and 1984. They are F-16A/B Block 15. F-16s currently in service with the US Air Force are F-16C/D Block 50s, with the even more advanced F-16E/F Block 60 being built for the UAE. The Venezuelan F-16s in question are over 25 years old. For the F-16, that is very old indeed. These aircraft are not equipped with the latest radars, air-to-air missiles, or jammers. And, in the 13 years since Chavez took power, they have not been getting much in the way of logistics thanks to the freeze in relations with the United States. Upsetting the country which makes the spare parts for your combat aircraft is not a good idea. http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htintel/20120628.aspx

Aaaah -- anxiety relief. A US drone and F-16 engines too.

RobertIvey
RobertIvey

@smedleybutlersociety 

Obviously you don't know that it also looks like a drone used by commercial fishermen that the US Scan Eagle is based off called SeaScan...

jeb125
jeb125

@smedleybutlersociety US-made, but used by about a dozen nations and many more private companies, including oil companies with rigs in the Persian Gulf.  Iran probably snagged some oil company drone, which would be very awkward to admit now.


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