Skooter reporting 04/23/12
The Islamic Republic is constructing a copy of a US spy drone seized in December 2011, said an Iranian military commander Sunday and revealed what he said were "codes" picked up from the unmanned aircraft.
Gen. Armi Ali Hajizadeh, the head of the Revolutionary Guards’ aerospace division told state television that he is giving four codes so the Americans understand just how far the Iranians have gone in accessing the drone's secrets.
Adding that in October 2010, the drone was sent to California for some technical conditions, where it was fixed, and after flight tests, it was taken to Kandahar,in Afghanistan in November 2010, when a series of technical problems still existed. Again, in December 2010, the aircraft was sent to an airport near Los Angeles for repair of its equipment and sensors and flight tests and again, the drone was then sent back to Kandahar.
Further details about the aircraft were not divulged and Hajizadeh said the said aircraft is a national treasure for Iran. Nevertheless, he said that they started producing a carbon copy of the RQ-170 drone, emphasizing it used the same US technology in stealth fighters and bombers.
However, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) who sits on the Armed Services Committee said Sunday that he was skeptical of Iran's claim. He said he had yet to be briefed on the case and was merely reacting to Tehran’s claims.
Source: New York Post