Iran jual pesawat mainan Amerika Syarikat

Pada Disember 2011 pasukan keselamatan Iran telah berjaya menawan sebuah pesawat tanpa juruterbang yang paling canggih milik Amerika Syarikat yang tidak boleh dikesan oleh radar iaitu pesawat Drone RQ-170 Sentinel. Kerana kecanggihan pesawat ini dan bilangannya yang amat terhad, bukan tentera Amerika yang mengendalikan pesawat ini, tapi hanya boleh dikendalikan oleh CIA.

Walaubagaimana pun , secanggih-canggih teknologi Amerika, tentera Iran telah berjaya memintas pesawat ini dengan teknologi elektronik mereka yang akhirnya mereka dapat menawannya tanpa sebarang kerosakan.

Amerika Syarikat meminta Iran mengembalikan pesawat tersebut kerana ianya mempunyai banyak maklumat risikan , juga maklumat teknologi pesawat itu sendiri.

Tapi Iran akan memulangkan pesawat tersebut dalam bentuk replika pesawat mainan ke Presiden Amerika di Rumah Putih. Bukan itu sahaja, Iran juga akan menjual replika pesawat mainan RQ-170 ini kepada orang ramai pada harga sekitar RM12 sebuah.

AS Minta Pesawat Mata-mata, Iran Berikan Mainan
Selasa, 17 Januari 2012

Foto : Pesawat mata-mata AS yang jatuh di Iran (AP)

TEHERAN - Radio lokal Iran melaporkan, negaranya akan memberikan Amerika Serikat (AS) mainan yang bentuknya sama seperti pesawat mata-mata AS yang jatuh di Iran pada Desember 2011 lalu.

Mainan berbentuk pesawat RQ-170 Sentinel akan dikirim ke Gedung Putih sebagai respons dari permintaan AS yang meminta agar pesawat itu dikembalikan ke Paman Sam. Iran juga mengatakan, mainan itu dijual di Iran seharga USD4 atau sekira Rp36 ribu (Rp9.167 per USD). Demikian seperti diberitakan Associated Press, Selasa (17/1/2012).

Jatuhnya pesawat mata-mata tak berawak milik AS di Iran menjadi sumber ketegangan antara kedua negara itu. Iran menuding AS melanggar kedaulatan Iran dengan mengirim pesawat mata-mata tak berawak. Iran juga dikabarkan membongkar pesawat itu dan menguak sejumlah rahasia yang ada di pesawat mata-mata tersebut.

Pada saat AS meminta agar Negeri Persia itu mengembalikan pesawatnya yang jatuh, Iran juga menolak untuk memberikannya. Menurut Iran, pesawat itu menjadi simbol keberhasilan Iran dalam mengalahkan AS.

Militer Iran mengklaim, pesawat itu jatuh ditembak oleh pasukan Garda Revolusi Iran, namun Paman Sam menampik hal itu. AS mengatakan, pesawatnya jatuh di Iran karena adanya kesalahan teknis. Pejabat militer Iran juga menolak untuk memberikan keterangan lebih lanjut terkait jatuhnya pesawat mata-mata tak berawak itu.

Iran hanya mengatakan, tidak ada pihak di luar Iran yang membantu menjatuhkan pesawat milik AS tersebut.(AUL)

Iran Mocks US With Toy Drone
ABC News

The Iranian government, which captured a U.S. stealth drone in December, has agreed to give the top-secret spy craft back, but with a catch.

Instead of the original RQ-170 Sentinel drone, the Islamic Republic said Tuesday that it will send President Obama a tiny toy replica of the plane.

Iranian state radio said that the toy model will be 1/80th the size of the real thing. Iranian citizens can also buy their own toy copies of the drone, which will be available in stores for the equivalent of $4.

The White House formally requested return of the drone after the Iranians displayed it on state television. The U.S. says that the craft was operating over Eastern Afghanistan.

The Iranians claim they detected the drone well inside Iran's border and then took control of the craft electronically and brought it down safely. The U.S. has denied that the craft came down for any reason other than technical malfunction.

On Dec. 11, after President Obama said he had requested the return of the drone, an Iranian general said that it was not going to happen. The general also warned on Iranian television of a "bigger response" to the "hostile act" of crossing into Iranian airspace.

"No one returns the symbol of aggression to the party that sought secret and vital intelligence related to the national security of a country," Iranian Islamic Revolution Guards Corps [IRGC] Lt. Commander Gen. Hossein Salami said, according to Iran's Fars News Agency.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that "given Iran's behavior to date, we do not expect them to comply" with Obama's request. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta also said he didn't expect Iran to hand over the drone, but told reporters, "I think it's important to make that request."

Commander: Iran Keeps Enemy Drone

TEHRAN (FNA)- Senior Iranian military officials stressed that Iran will not return the US stealth drone captured by its armed forces.

Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Lieutenant Commander General Hossein Salami said in remarks broadcast on state television that the violation of Iran's airspace by the US drone was a "hostile act" and warned of a "bigger" response. He did not elaborate on what Tehran might do.

"No one returns the symbol of aggression to the party that sought secret and vital intelligence related to the national security of a country," Salami said.

The Iranian state broadcaster Thursday evening released the first images of the highly advanced US stealth spy drone which was downed through a cyber attack by Iranian military forces last week as it was flying over the country's airspace.

The drone is equipped with highly advanced surveillance, data gathering, electronic communication and radar systems.

Salami called its capture a victory for Iran and a defeat for the US in a complicated intelligence and technological battle.

"Iran is among the few countries that possesses the most modern technology in the field of pilotless drones. The technology gap between Iran and the US is not much," he said.

American officials have clamed that they have lost control of the plane. But Salami refused to provide more details of Iran's claim to have captured the CIA-operated aircraft.

"A party that wins in an intelligence battle doesn't reveal its methods. We can't elaborate on the methods we employed to intercept, control, discover and bring down the pilotless plane," he said.

The drone is the first such loss by the US. US officials have described the loss of the aircraft in Iran as a setback and a fatal blow to the stealth drone program.

The US media revealed on Thursday that Pentagon and the CIA considered several options on how to retrieve or destroy the drone, including sending a cross-border commando raid and delivering an air strike to destroy it.

However all were deemed too risky, since Tehran would consider such an operation an act of war, should it be discovered.

"No one warmed up to the option of recovering it or destroying it because of the potential it could become a larger incident," an unnamed official told the Washington Post on Thursday.

The RQ-170 has special coatings and a batwing shape designed to help it penetrate other nations' air defenses undetected. The existence of the aircraft, which is made by Lockheed Martin, has been known since 2009, when a model was photographed at the main US airfield in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

The unmanned surveillance plane lost by the United States in Iran was a stealth aircraft being used for secret missions by the CIA, US officials admitted earlier this week.

The aircraft is among the highly sensitive surveillance platform in the CIA's fleet that was shaped and designed to evade enemy defenses.

Current and former Washington defense officials said even the US military cannot use such a highly sophisticated stealth aircraft as the country is in relatively short supply and is only flown by the CIA.

The Iranian state broadcaster Thursday evening released the first images of the highly advanced US stealth spy drone.

Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Forces Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh appeared on TV last night to explain how Iranian forces downed the United States' highly advanced radar-evading spy drone last week.

"Recently, our collected intelligence and precise electronic monitoring revealed that this aircraft intended to infiltrate our country's airspace for spying missions," the General said, and added, "After it entered the Eastern parts of the country, this aircraft fell into the trap of our armed forces and was downed in Iran with minimum damage."

"The wing-to-wing width of the RQ-170 Sentinel drone is around 26 meters with a length of 4.5 meters and height of 1.84 meters."

"The drone is equipped with highly advanced surveillance, data gathering, electronic communication and radar systems," he continued.

"As far as its platform and coating are concerned, this kind of plane has been designed to evade radar systems and from the view point of technology it is amongst the most recent types of advanced aircraft used by the US," the IRGC commander added.

"The technology used in this aircraft had already been used in B2 and F35 planes," Hajizadeh said, and added, "This aircraft is controlled and guided through satellite link and land stations in Afghanistan and the Untied States."

"Military experts are well aware how precious the technological information of this drone is," he reiterated.

Among the United States' main concerns is that Iran could use an intact aircraft to examine the vulnerabilities in stealth technology and take countermeasures with its air defense systems. Another is that China or other US adversaries could help Iran extract data from the drone that would reveal its flight history, surveillance targets and other capabilities.

The drone was programmed to destroy such data in the event of a malfunction, but it failed to do so. The blow has been so heavy that the US officials do not still want to accept that Iran brought down the plane by a cyber attack. Instead, explanations have focused on potential technical failures. The aircraft cover great distances and depend on satellite links. A lost connection or other malfunction could cause them to turn back home or start automatic explosion.

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