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90 US Drones Brought Down in 4 Years
The number of the hi-tech drones that the US has lost since 2007 in combat or while spying over other world countries reached 90 with the last one hacked by Iranian armed forces and brought down in the Eastern parts of the country almost intact 10 days ago.
The Drone Crash Database of the global research says thirteen drone crashes have taken place over the past ten months, including the stealth drone in Iran.
According to global research database, 25 large drones have crashed so far this year. Altogether the database records some details of 90 drone crashes since January 2007.
USAF accident investigation announcements reveal that three US Predator drones have crashed in Djibouti, one in March 2011 and two in May 2011. While there are only bare details at this stage, more details should become available when the investigation report is published. It has been known for some time that the US is using a base in Djibouti to launch drone attacks in Yemen and Somalia.
Also revealed by the USAF accident investigation announcement is that the drone that crashed in Jalalabad in Afghanistan on 20th August 2011 was a US Global Hawk RQ-4 drone. This was the first time that the database recorded a crash by a Global Hawk.
Other crashes include an Israeli Heron drone that crashed in Turkey. Many Israeli Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) have been brought down by the Lebanese Hezbollah group during the last few years, and Israeli officials have announced that they are concerned about cyber attacks by the Lebanese group.
Israeli military officials have also announced that Hezbollah has most likely hacked the drone command-and-control center of Israel in a virus attack.
Aviation authorities around the globe should explain why they have allowed the US and its allies to fly such dangerous UAVs in civil airspace. The continuing high level of drone crashes poses a big question in this regard.