The RQ-170 Sentinel stealth aircraft (shown) was downed by Iran's armed
forces in the east of the country on December 4, 2011.
A senior Iranian commander says Iran has successfully decoded all the
records on the downed US RQ-170 Sentinel reconnaissance drone.
Iran has easily cracked the codes on the data of the drone’s operations
and tasks recorded on the aircraft’s memory, said Navy Commander of the
Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi.
There were “numerous codes, but we obtained all the information on its
memory, including protocols, repairs and flight sorties; for instance, the
data of a flight after repairs in 2010 or the [drone’s] deployment in the
operation against [slain al-Qaeda leader Osama] bin Laden in Pakistan,”
IRNA quoted the commander as saying on Sunday.
On December 4, the Iranian military's electronic warfare unit announced
that the country successfully downed the US RQ-170 Sentinel stealth
reconnaissance aircraft inside Iran with minimal damage.
The aircraft, designed and developed by the American company Lockheed
Martin, had crossed into Iran's airspace over the border with neighboring
The naval commander also criticized the presence of extra-regional forces
in the Persian Gulf and stated, “The Islamic Republic has dominance over
the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz.”