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Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Iranian television shows images it claims are downed US drone

In an earlier post, I reported that Iran claimed to have captured a United States ScanEagle drone. I noted - with a little skepticism based on past experience - that the United States had denied that the drone was missing.

Now, I have images from Iran's al-Alam Arabic language television network. You can look at these and decide for yourselves whether the drone in the video is the one pictured above, and whether you think Iran actually has one.

Let's go to the videotape.

It looks real, but it's kind of hard to say whether they actually have it or whether that's a model. Also, you don't actually see people in the viddeo.



For the record, I showed this video to a correspondent who is a former US Naval officer. She laughed and said it looked like the video was taken at an air show, probably in Dubai. 

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At 5:40 PM, Blogger Captain.H said...

The Iranian Photoshop Brigade in action again...

At 6:32 PM, Blogger aparatchik said...

That photograph is not of a ScanEagle. Google Image search shows that the aircraft in the video looks very like a ScanEagle...

At 7:56 PM, Blogger Geoffrey Carman said...

The above drone (at the top) is a Global Hawk. Hugely different than a Scan Eagle.

At 8:16 PM, Blogger Empress Trudy said...

Hard to see how they would capture one intact. They are very fragile. I suppose one could have come down unplanned on Iranian soil. It would get banged up pretty good since it's supposed to be snared in a net when it comes down, or makes a very bumpy and somewhat damaging glide on very flat turf. It has no undercarriage so if it glided in somewhere the prop would have to be not turning and randomly not in the way so that a blade were pointing down. Who knows maybe it's even built to do that but in either case it's a small light (one mad can carry one) very fragile machine and if it were 'shot down' it would no longer exist. If it were forced down it would be heavily damaged. If for some reason it coasted to an unplanned landing it would still be damaged.


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