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Iran has decoded data from U.S. drone captured in 2011
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_02_am3(25).jpgTEHRAN – Iran has decoded all the data from an advanced U.S. spy drone that Iran brought down in 2011, the commander of the Aerospace Force of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) announced on Monday. 
 
Iran announced on December 4, 2011 that an advanced RQ-170 unmanned U.S. spy plane had been brought down in eastern Iran near the border with Afghanistan by the armed forces of the Islamic Republic but did not say when the incident occurred. 
 
“We have decoded all the systems and (data storage devices) of the aircraft and obtained all the data from it,” Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh said. “There is nothing that we do not know about the aircraft. We know where the aircraft had gone step by step.”
 
He also said that the decoding of data showed that the drone had not carried out missions over Iranian nuclear facilities before it was brought down. 
 
“The aircraft, which was captured last year in the eastern part of the country, is a highly advanced spy aircraft, and the ability to evade radars is not its only important feature, but this stealth aircraft enjoys advanced technologies in several parts,” he said. 
 
“The most advanced technologies in the world in this regard are in Iran’s possession through capturing this drone,” he added.     
 
Elsewhere in his remarks, Hajizadeh said that Iran has no cooperation with other countries, including China and Russia, in capturing drones and eliciting information from them.  
 
Commenting on a U.S. ScanEagle drone which has recently been captured by Iranian naval forces, he said, “U.S. drones of this model and another model, named the Shadow, which have crashed due to malfunctions or have been brought down by our air defense units, have been in our possession… And today, a large number of this model of aircraft is being manufactured domestically, and its capture does not add anything new to us.”   
 
The commander of the IRGC Naval Force, Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi, announced on December 4 that IRGC naval forces had captured a U.S. ScanEagle drone that had violated Iranian airspace.
 
The drone was captured by air defense units of the IRGC Naval Force when it entered Iranian airspace in the Persian Gulf after it had circulated for a few days in the area.
 
AM/PA

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Last Updated on 10 December 2012 18:07