Superior Iranian Technology…Really?

Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) proudly displays an RQ-170 Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) which went down over Iranian airspace. Their assertion is that they commandeered and brought down via their own advanced technological capabilities.


Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, Commanding General, IRGC Air Force stated: “Recently, our collected intelligence and precise electronic monitoring revealed that this aircraft intended to infiltrate our country’s airspace for spying missions. 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.”

Shortly after the US acknowledgement about the lost a RQ-170 Sentinel UAS originally flown out of a US base in western Afghanistan, Iran wasted little time proclaiming victory in defeat of otherwise superior US technology.  While watching television footage of a highly advanced American ISR UAV being paraded by Iran on Al Jazeera television is unsettling for most of us, I feel pretty confident when stating these proud claims of technical superiority or vigilant surveillance leading to the apprehension of this particular UAS are false (as usual).