Aerospace Chief Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh speaks to

one of those under his command near a captured U.S. RQ-170

Sentinel drone aircraft operated by the CIA, Dec. 2011. Days

ago, Iran announced that it has decrypted all the drone's data.



American RQ-170 Drone Data 'Thoroughly Decoded' (Kayhan, Islamic Republic of Iran)


How far has Iran gotten in back-engineering some of America's most sophisticated drone aircraft? On Monday, according to this news item from Iran's state-controlled Kayhan, General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, aerospace chief of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps., claimed, among other things, that it has cracked the encryption of an RQ-170 Sentinel drone captured last year, and that it is now aware of its flight path, which revealed that the craft had 'not carried out missions' over Iranian nuclear facilities.


December 11, 2012


Islamic Republic of Iran - Kayhan - Home Page (English)

One of America's most prized pieces of high-technology on display in Iran: How serious is the loss of a CIA RQ-170 unmanned drone? According to American and Israeli sources - extremely serious, particularly if the unit failed to erase its programming and the data it had collected, as Tehran asserts.


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TEHRAN: The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps on Monday said it had decoded all of the data from an advanced CIA spy drone captured last year.


Aerospace chief of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps., General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, said that the RQ-170 Sentinel aircraft had not carried out missions over nuclear facilities before it went down in December 2011 near the eastern border with Afghanistan.


Tehran said previously that it had recovered information from the top-secret stealth aircraft, but Monday's announcement suggests technicians may have broken its encryption technology.


"All data from the drone have been completely decoded. We know where it traveled, step by step," Hajizadeh is quoted as saying.


"After decoding, our experts discovered that the drone had not carried out even a single nuclear mission over Iran," he said, adding, "This shows the nuclear issue is just a pretext for the United States to pressure Iran."


Hajizadeh said that without any assistance, including from its allies China and Russia, Iran had captured the drone and decoded its data. Iran has said it would reverse-engineer the drone and build its own.


The aircraft, designed and developed by the American company Lockheed Martin, crossed into Iran's airspace across the border with Afghanistan when the country "captured it in its electronic net."


Last week, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps said it had captured another U.S. drone, after it entered Iranian airspace over the Persian Gulf, and showed an image of a Boeing-designed ScanEagle drone on national TV.


Hajizadeh said Iran had already acquired a ScanEagle drone and has produced a copy.


Last month, Tehran said that a U.S. had drone violated its airspace. The Pentagon said an unmanned Predator aircraft came under fire at least twice while flying over Persian Gulf waters - but that it was not hit.


Deputy Commander of the Armed Forces Brigadier-General Masoud Jazayeri said that the Islamic Republic's defensive power has embarrassed America.




"One year after IRGC captured a highly advanced U.S. RQ-170 Sentinel stealth aircraft, it has become evident that Iran is strong enough to defend the country thanks to the progress it has made in science and technology," Jazayeri said.


Iran, he said, is capable of detecting and tracing any aircraft over its territory, adding that Iranian scientists are more than able to apply various technologies to safeguard the country's territorial integrity.


The commander warned the U.S. to stop violation of the Iranian airspace, adding the Islamic Republic is capable of capturing the most sophisticated U.S. aircraft.


And on Sunday, Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi said that the U.S. reaction demonstrates that the captured ScanEagle drone belongs to it.


Vahidi told reporters that despite Washington's refusal to confirm that the aircraft belongs to the United States, “the country has behaved in a manner that suggests that the drone belongs to them.”


The ScanEagle drone, which has a 10-foot wingspan, is a long-distance, high-endurance aircraft built by Insitu, a subsidiary of Boeing.


“The violation of Iran's borders by any country is problematic, and in response, the Islamic Republic of Iran has given fair warning. And if necessary, it will issue such warnings in writing,” Vahidi said.


Vahidi was alluding to letters Iran's U.N. Ambassador Muhammad Khazaei handed to the U.N. Security Council and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in protest of the U.S. Navy's "illegal and provocative acts" in the Persian Gulf and Sea of Oman.


The letters urged the U.N. chief to warn the United States “against the continuation of acts in violation of international law and of the adverse consequences of any provocative and dangerous acts for which the United States government would be held responsible.”


Vahidi said that, “Iran must be sensitive to the activity of trans-regional forces in the region, and must issue warnings when necessary.”


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Meanwhile, Hajizadeh rejected Western claims that a drone recently used by Hezbullah to penetrate Israeli airspace had been an Iranian version of the RQ-170, saying that in fact, the aircraft had been manufactured about 10 years ago.


In October, a Hezbullah drone called Ayyub flew hundreds of miles without being detected by advanced Zionist and U.S. radar.


Cyber Defense


Meanwhile, the head of Iran's Passive Defense Organization, Brigadier General Gholam-Reza Jalali, said that the Islamic Republic must make fundamental changes in its cyber infrastructure to raise the country's passive defense capabilities.


Jalali said that the Islamic Republic is “under threat” from its enemies in three important areas of “military, economy and cyberspace.”


Iran's passive defenses have an important role to play in the face of these threats, Jalali added.


The Iranian general also pointed to the all-out economic and cyber war launched by the United States against the Islamic Republic, highlighting the importance of fundamental changes in Iran's cyber infrastructure.

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Iran has been the target of several cyber attacks over the past few years.


In June, The New York Times reported that U.S. President Barack Obama had ordered a covert cyber attack against Iran with the Stuxnet computer virus to sabotage the country's nuclear energy program.


A report published by The Washington Post also in June said that the United States and the occupying regime of Israel had created the computer virus Flame - a Stuxnet-like espionage malware - to spy on Iran.


In response to such attacks, Iran launched a cyber defense headquarters tasked with preventing computer worms from breaking into or stealing data from the country's maximum security networks, including nuclear facilities, power plants, data centers, and banks.


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