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Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps has captured a US ScanEagle drone over the Persian Gulf waters upon its intrusion into the Iranian airspace.
Originally posted by SilentKoala
Sweet! I remember how proud I was of myself the first time I captured a squirrel, but a drone?
It makes me wonder though, how exactly do you capture a drone? I mean it's not like they are setting up nets or anything. What are the techniques?
The Revolutionary Guards said they had brought down a ScanEagle aircraft - one of the smaller, less sophisticated drones employed by the Americans.
Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi, quoted by the Fars news agency, said the drone had conducted several reconnaissance flights over the Gulf in recent days before being caught.
There has been no comment from the US.
The ScanEagle drone is a low-cost, long-endurance aircraft built by Insitu, a subsidiary of Boeing.
Rear Adm Fadavi said that "such drones are usually launched from large warships".
The Revolutionary Guards are an elite unit of the Iranian military which operate their own naval forces.
The ScanEagle drone was gathering information over Gulf waters and had entered Iranian airspace when it was captured by the naval unit of the Revolutionary Guards force, the Fars news agency reported, without giving details.
Last month the U.S. said Iranian warplanes shot at a U.S. surveillance drone flying in international airspace. Iran said the aircraft had entered its airspace.
The ScanEagle is manufactured by Boeing Co. According to the firm's website, the drone is four feet long and has a 10-foot (three-meter) wingspan.
Originally posted by litterbaux
reply to post by Zaphod58
That video looks like it was filmed in Ohio with a model aircraft. If this is modern drone technology, which we've spent billions on I'm sure, I find it lacking.
Originally posted by Zaphod58
reply to post by litterbaux
This is modern small UAV technology. There are a lot of UAVs out there, including this one IIRC that can be carried in a backpack, and assembled before launch. The catapults are so small that they are carried by two or three people, in pieces, and another carries the aircraft. You don't put wheels on them, to keep the size, and weight down, and the payload up. Just about all micro (hand launched in most cases) and small UAVs are either caught by a line in a similar fashion, or belly flop into the ground. There's even one that is designed to crash and break up into three pieces to absorb the energy of the impact, and keep everything intact. They are anything but lacking.