Iran is able to hack into United States drones, studying and implementing its technology for use in future projects, an expert tells Press TV.
Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has captured a US ScanEagle drone over the Persian Gulf waters upon its intrusion into the Iranian airspace.
Press TV has conducted an interview with Nader Mokhtari, a columnist and commentator from London, to further discuss the issue. The following is a rough transcription of the interview.
Let’s talk about this most recent capture. It’s a ScanEagle. It’s said to be about four feet long, ten feet in terms of its wingspan - roughly three meters. Tell us more about this model and also the fact that Iran was able to bring this down and, from what we see from the pictures, intact.
The ScanEagle entered service in 2005, is one of the smaller UAVs. It’s operated by the US Special Forces. As a matter of fact, you can’t operate it from a large naval vessel. It’s designed to be operated from small and fast patrol boats of the US Special Forces.
Various developments, various new innovations have been added to this craft, one of which is the world’s smallest aperture radar. It’s called NanoSAR which was added in 2009.
If that is onboard, which most defiantly it is, this UAV, then it makes this catch very, very important because small aperture radars are a specialty of the US. The technology’s highly advanced and it will come in handy for Iran, for sure, for all sorts of new things.
This is a major, major loss for the US armed forces and US technological advancement in the field.
Other areas of UAV operations, since Iran has been a pioneer since the early 1980s...are not really that important. But this radar makes this catch a very, very worthy catch indeed.
If you want to look at the number of times that this has occurred now, it’s been said that, especially recently, it seems that the violations of Iran’s airspace has increased, what can be done? Obviously it’s illegal, I assume - it’s against international law, spying on other countries through these spy drones.
We know that Iran’s UN Ambassador Mohammad Khazaee has complained on a number of occasions to the UN. What more can be done here? What is this showing regarding the increase in the number of times that this has occurred especially recently?
Well, Washington - the United States and its allies in the region have made a complete mess of the Middle East region. It goes without saying that the entire world now knows about the troubles they’ve caused and the mess they’ve got themselves into. It’s going to be very difficult for them to get out.
As for the violations, any violation of any country’s airspace constitutes an act of war against that particular country.
But for now, since the Americans appear to have problems with...these communications systems on this UAV, these drones, Iran is quite happy to capture these and put the technologies to good use.
The US can put as many UAVs as it likes over Iran. It doesn’t make many odds because it’s quite clear that the computer codes of the United States armed forces have been compromised, which is why Iran is able to hack into them and bring them down in one piece and then study them for further developments.