IRGC Commander: Iran fully decoded RQ-170 drone's data
Azerbaijan, Baku, Dec. 10/ Trend G.Mehdi/
Iran has fully decoded the data from the RQ-170 U.S. drone, Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander Amir Ali Hajizadeh said, Mehr reported.
"Barack Obama and Israeli officials said that drone was tasked to spy on Iran's nuclear facilities, however Iran's specialists decoded its data, and found out it had not even come close to nuclear objects," Hajizadeh said.
The commander added that more details regarding the decoded RQ-170 data would be available at a later stage.
Hajizadeh also noted that Iran had known of the RQ-170 drone technology ever since 2002, contrary to the information of some Iranian media outlets.
In November, Iranian media reported citing Iran's National Security Committee member Ahmed Bakhshayesh that Iran, after capturing the RQ-170 drone in 2010, used the acquired technology to create the "Eyyub" drone.
Fars agency reported on Oct. 28 quoting Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi, that Iran's drone technology is much more advanced than the one Hezbollah recently used for penetrating the Israeli airspace.
In December of 2011, Iranian Army's electronic warfare unit downed the US RQ-170 Sentinel stealth aircraft which was flying over the Iranian city of Kashmar, some 140 miles (225km) from the Afghan border.
Two days later, two US officials speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed that the drone had been part of a CIA reconnaissance mission, involving the US intelligence community stationed in Afghanistan.
The RQ-170 is an unmanned stealth aircraft designed and developed by the Lockheed Martin Company.