Scott Peterson and Payam Faramarzi at the Christian Science Monitor have an interview with an unnamed Iranian engineer who says that Iran took over the computer systems of the RQ-170 Sentinel UAV, cut off its communication links with the USG, and then reconfigured its GPS coordinates to cause it to land in Iran rather than its home base in Afghanistan. I doubt the story is true. One unnamed U.S. official called the Iranian claim “ludicrous,” and other experts were skeptical. But even if not true, the story highlights two underappreciated background prerequisites to the extraordinary success of U.S. drone technology in the past few years.
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