Mobile spy rq-170 sentinel

 

An Iranian engineer today claimed how his country managed to ‘trick’ a US. drone into landing in Iran by electronically hacking into its navigational weak spot and 'spoofing' its GPS system.

It's the latest development in this extraordinary tale of intrigue, with a Christian Science Monitor report citing a 2003 document suggesting the GPS weakness was long known to the U.S. military.

The RQ-170 Sentinel has been seen on display by Iran's gloating military after it went missing along the Afghan-Iran border earlier this month - but a former Pentagon official said it seems to be a fake.

Mobile spy rq-170 sentinel

The Chinese government is rapidly building a bigger, more sophisticated military. Here’s what they have, what they want, and what it means for the U.S.

In 2006, China unveiled an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) design known as Dark Sword, which has since vanished from the public eye. Western analysts aren’t sure whether the craft is still under development. If it is, certain design characteristics—such as a suspected ramjet engine—suggest that it’s a high-speed drone that could carry out surveillance and strikes far from Chinese shores. Whatever the Dark Sword’s fate, China’s UAV plans are ambitious: This past summer, the Chinese government announced plans to build 11 coastal drone bases.

China's Pterodactyl I UAV strongly resembles the U.S. military's Predator drone. It appears to be designed for medium-altitude, long-endurance surveillance and strike missions. Another Chinese drone—the Soaring Dragon—looks like a smaller version of the U.S. military's RQ-4 Global Hawk; analysts think it's designed for high-altitude maritime surveillance and reconnaissance.

An Iranian engineer today claimed how his country managed to ‘trick’ a US. drone into landing in Iran by electronically hacking into its navigational weak spot and 'spoofing' its GPS system.

It's the latest development in this extraordinary tale of intrigue, with a Christian Science Monitor report citing a 2003 document suggesting the GPS weakness was long known to the U.S. military.

The RQ-170 Sentinel has been seen on display by Iran's gloating military after it went missing along the Afghan-Iran border earlier this month - but a former Pentagon official said it seems to be a fake.