"They're working," said Jeremy Binnie, editor for the Middle East and North Africa at Jane's Defense Weekly, about Iran's air defense. The incident "underlines that it can really count if Iranians really invest," he told CNN.
"We knew that with ballistic missiles, but it seems the case with air defense as well."
The RQ-4A is not a clay pigeon. Priced at $ 110 million each, the Global Hawk needs three people to remotely control it and its sensors. The wing span is larger than on a Boeing 737. It is powered by a Rolls-Royce engine at a speed of about 800 km / h, which sucks signals and images at a speed of typically 20,000 m (65,000 feet), not in to get close to ground-to-air missiles. Even if they come too close, it has a radar warning receiver, a jamming system and a bait being pulled behind it.
While the American military is not threatened by Iran in the long run, examples such as the fall of the drones show that Tehran can sometimes have an oversized effect with narrowly focused efforts and is an opponent who is certainly capable of his To keep opponents out of balance. The US would gain any conventional conflict in the short term, but be careful that Iranian ingenuity (or cunning, if you are in Washington) prevents any conflict from being a "cake junk."
Despite the dispute over the position The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps has undoubtedly managed to destroy one at 4:05 am on June 1
The IRGC claimed to use a "3rd of Khordad" airborne system whose images are now circulating in social media as a symbol of Iranian proficiency against the stunning unmanned technology that Americans unleash every day in the stratosphere.
The Khordad 3 was first unveiled in 2014, has a range of up to 75 kilometers and can reach up to 30 kilometers according to state Iranian media. Janes came to the conclusion that the strike is likely to be from a mobile vehicle, as the rocket was fired from a distance of 70 kilometers, according to the American testimony, and there is no Iranian facility that fits in with this location. In short, Tehran has removed a US spy drone from the back of a fancy truck.
While the US has massively improved its drone fleet since the Global Hawk first came to the navy 13 years ago with the MQ-4C Triton, Iran also has more advanced missiles than the ones that drone last week have shot down.
Ten days before the incident, Iran unveiled an upgrade that nearly doubled its reach and also comes from its own production – the result of a series of reverse engineering services and technologies that have come down over the years country affected by the sanctions.
Binnie said that the Iranians had either bought or developed radar technology that helped them to improve their range. "We do not really understand how these guidance systems work," he said.
Binnie added that the rocket's angle of attack seemed to suggest that it had approached the drone from the west instead of pursuing it from behind, suggesting in that it was relatively efficiently directed to the drone by its wearer.
This is not the first time that Iran is attacking US technology. It shut down a RQ-170 stealth drone in 2011 and allegedly regressed it to create its own variants from the rubble.
The RQ-4A did not seem to have much left to think about, but intercepting At 22,000 feet, a nation lies, as President Trump said, "through hell."
It was just a very expensive pilotless drone, but its decline would have led the US again into the war in the region, showing how important these flashes of the unexpected are.