Iran says it downed U.S. stealth drone; Pentagon acknowledges aircraft downing – The Washington Post

A secret U.S. surveillance drone that went missing last week in western Afghanistan appears to have crashed in Iran, in what may be the first case of such an aircraft ending up in the hands of an adversary.

Iran’s news agencies asserted that the nation’s defense forces brought down the drone, which the Iranian reports said was an RQ-170 stealth aircraft. It is designed to penetrate enemy air defenses that could see and possibly shoot down less-sophisticated Predator and Reaper drones.

via Iran says it downed U.S. stealth drone; Pentagon acknowledges aircraft downing – The Washington Post.

Somewhat surprisingly, Iran hasn’t released any pics of any recovered drone. So I’m gonna say for now it’s just an allegation that the drone is in fact an RQ-170.

RQ-170 Sentinel UAV

As for whether Iran has the air defense capability to bring down an RQ-170… maybe. But there’s a greater likelihood the US just lost control and it crashed.

Sadly, that seems to be an all to common occurrence for our drone programs. The justification for drones was originally two-fold. They were cheap, and they kept US personnel out of the hands of bad guys. Well, they aren’t cheap anymore. But at least they still keep US aviators out of the hands of Iran. But they sure seem to have a higher failure rate than manned aircraft.

4 thoughts on “Iran says it downed U.S. stealth drone; Pentagon acknowledges aircraft downing – The Washington Post”

  1. I doubt very much that the crowd that says “all 6th generation aircraft will be/should be UAVs” will let this incident change their minds. It’s something of a cult to begin with.

  2. The AF has a higher failure rate than the Army does. The AF has very high losses, relative to the Army when landing the suckers. The Army, instead, uses Enlisted types and autoland, while the AF stick wigglers insist on landing them theirownselves.

    I wonder if the one the Iranians have was flown by AF or CIA.

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