"A source in the Revolutionary Guard said the drone carried out its mission without US fighter pilots reaching it," the television said.
It said there were 10 such films taken by the drone which showed "more precise information and details about military equipment, foreign forces, and their activities in the Persian Gulf."
The station did not name the vessel nor did it say when the footage was shot.
The broadcast comes near the end of Iran's latest 10-day war games, "Great Prophet II", which military chiefs have said were aimed at showing off Iran's defensive prowess and testing new military hardware.
Originally posted by TrueAmerican
PieMan, exactly what I kinda think about, what if that was a missile... How does a drone even get that close to a US carrier? The last one supposedly flew around for 25 minutes before the US caught it on radar, and scrambled F16's, at which point the drone was already safely landed at a base back in Iran.
Originally posted by djohnsto77
I'm not a military expert, but I think if this was something more threating it would have been detected and destroyed much more easily. Even satellites can detect the heat from missiles.
Ababil (Swallow) Unmanned Air Vehicle [UAV]
Iran has been attempting to develop a UAV industry, and some of its UAVs were used operationally in 1997 to shadow US Navy operations in the gulf. Iran has developed the tactical Ababil-5, a medium-range reconnaissance and surveillance UAV, the Ababil-T, a short/medium-range attack UAV, and the Ababil-B and -S. Iran recently announced the production of two new variants of its indigenously developed Ababil UAV, one of which, dubbed Ababil-S, was designed specifically for ISR operations.
Originally posted by doctorfungi
Could this perhaps be footage from the supposed incident earlier in the year? The article says that the date the footage was taken is unknown.
Perhaps the US knew that this was only a UAV and didn't want to risk a breakout of war and let it be? Or do you think that it was totally missed?
Originally posted by mazzroth
Its really quite irelevent as to the location of the US fleet in the Gulf, a single Sunburn Missile can wipe out a carrier in seconds.
They have this unique feature that no US missile has for evading anti-missile technology, were it basically flies straight up in a verticle manner at mach 6+ and drives straight through the carrier deck from directly above. Goodnight Irene to the billion dollar Carrier and all for the cost of a few hundred thousand Roubles .
Tridents aren't they 60's Tech ? anyways mate the US wont use nukes against a country with major OIL!!! why would you potentially contaminate the life blood of your military engine for the next 50 years ? not to mention with all the tech the US has in its arsenal it still struggles to hold countries like Iraq not to mention fail to destroy some Camel Jockey's in Afghanistan. The US lost in Korea ( Hence North Korea being labelled a Rogue State ) then it lost the Vietnam War. Not to mention you wern't even in the 2nd world war till you got bombed in Pearl Harbour in 41