Hassan Moghaddam

Iran Claims to Have Decoded All Data From Captured ScanEagle and RQ-170 Drones: What Did They Learn?

Iran has published reports in which it claims to have decoded all data carried by the recently captured ScanEagle drone and the RQ-170 Sentinel drone captured last year. As proof of this decoding, Iran provided descriptions of the missions flown by the surveillance drones. The described mission for the ScanEagle fits well with what would be expected for its use, but the description for the RQ-170 conflicts with widely published accounts in the US media.

The decoding of the mission for the ScanEagle was reported last week, just one day after it was captured:

“Yes, we have fully extracted the drone’s data…,” the IRGC Public Relations Department said on Wednesday, referring to the ScanEagle drone — a long-endurance aircraft built by Insitu, a subsidiary of Boeing.

“The drone, in addition to gathering military data, used to pursue gathering data in the field of energy, especially the transfer of oil from Iran’s oil terminals,” the department said.

It said that the capture of the aircraft helps discovery of “what kind of data they (the Americans) are after.”

This report for the ScanEagle fits well with what we were told about the use of ScanEagles in the region when Iran first made the claim of capturing this drone. However, the report today on decoding data from the RQ-170 Sentinel drone captured last year is more confusing: Continue reading

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JimWhiteGNV Hmm. William Broad asks why silicon content of anthrax attacks not investigated better. http://t.co/kVd8i55k0V See https://t.co/29vuNgukNV
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emptywheel @GregoryMcNeal My bacon comes from a farm too small for a drone to find. #ObscurityInBacon
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JimWhiteGNV RT @emptywheel: When certain Tweeps or certain Gray Science Journos write about a topic it tends to raise suspicion, not allay it.
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emptywheel @GregoryMcNeal Give it 6 months and SJC Chair and CAFO fan will ban that.
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emptywheel @ErrataRob That was a long time ago, though, and a different President, so we don't have to worry about a rush to judgment.
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emptywheel Sometimes it makes me grumpy that (there seems to be) less women's hoop on TV than in recent years. But HUGE disparity in teams.
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emptywheel @ErrataRob AKA, when you've got a military govt's itching to use, Al Qaeda SURELY could not have done 9/11 by itself, it needed Iraq.
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emptywheel Let me be more aggressive than GAO. FBI did not find the anthrax killer. Terrorist still at bay. \\_O_//
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emptywheel When certain Tweeps or certain Gray Science Journos write about a topic it tends to raise suspicion, not allay it.
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JimWhiteGNV RT @emptywheel: GAO just told us maybe FBI didn't really find anthrax killer. Maybe we should approach these Qs skeptically, eh? http://t.c…
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emptywheel GAO just told us maybe FBI didn't really find anthrax killer. Maybe we should approach these Qs skeptically, eh? http://t.co/PfhrWq7jBh
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emptywheel RT @20committee: And ... heeeere come the #SonyHack truthers. No way it was North Korea, it was totally Luxembourg or Canada or something.
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