Iranian military commanders claim that they have hacked deep enough into the RQ-170 Sentinel’s mission computers that they could find out details about not only the aircraft’s prior missions, one of those allegedly being to fly over Osama Bin Laden’s home in Abbottabad two weeks before the historic raid that killed him, but even the aircraft’s command protocols and it’s maintenance history. The chief of the aerospace department of the high-echelon Revolutionary Guards, Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, claims that: “There is almost no part hidden to us in this aircraft” and went into further detail about how Iranian scientists could recount the aircraft’s history of faults and it’s subsequent flights back to it’s manufacturer in California (almost certainly the Lockheed Martin Skunkworks facility in Palmdale California) for repairs, as well as details about other missions it was deployed on out of Afghanistan. A remarkable tale with massive implications to say the least!
This is good news and bad news for the USAF, CIA, and Lockheed Martin, as on one hand if what Mr. Hajizadeh is saying is in fact true, and the aircraft was equipped with an “electronic logbook” and the proposed information is indeed valid and would have been present in the RQ-170′s mission computers, the US would now know generally how severe the loss of sensitive information and technology has been. On the other hand, if what the IRGC claims to have found on the aircraft’s computers is totally inaccurate than those involved with the program in the US will have some cause to belive that their encryption techniques have safeguarded any info on-board, at least up until this point in time. I have to say, I do find it interesting that IRGC is giving out such specific details on their attempts to breach the Sentinel’s systems, such as the exact maintenance and mission history of the airframe, because if they were lying it would be abundantly clear to those in the know. Although it is very possible that what the IRGC claims is true, and it would also shed some light onto this black program’s possibly troubled technological history. Now the big question is were Iranian computer scientists able to crack the Sentinel’s code alone, or did they do so with help from their no doubt very interested Chinese and Russian friends?
The loss of the RQ-170 Sentinel within Iran’s borders, almost totally intact, is the story that keeps on giving. Like ringing a massive brass bell, although the loudest portion of the incident has passed, the repercussions from it will continue to ring on into the foreseeable future…
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