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UAV MQ-5B Hunter drone.  Photo: Northrop Grumman.

UAV MQ-5B Hunter drone. Photo: Northrop Grumman.

A few days ago, the Russian military took down a U.S. surveillance drone flying over Crimea. No, the drone wasn’t shot down, it was hacked.


‘…The drone was flying at about 4,000 metres (12,000 feet) and was virtually invisible from the ground. It was possible to break the link with US operators with complex radio-electronic’ technology, said Rostec in a statement.

The drone fell ‘almost intact into the hands of self-defence forces’ added Rostec, which said it had manufactured the equipment used to down the aircraft, but did not specify who was operating it.

‘Judging by its identification number, UAV MQ-5B belonged to the 66th American Reconnaissance Brigade, based in Bavaria,’ Rostec said on its website, which also carried a picture of what it said was the captured drone….

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The Pentagon has denied that Russia intercepted and is in possession of the drone.

Apparently the Obama administration is asleep at the wheel.

As reported by Debka file, the technology used to take down the surveillance drone is similar to the technology used in December 2011 by Iran “to down the top-secret US RAQ-170 Sentinel UAV and recover it intact – a feat usually credited by Western intelligence experts to Chinese cyber experts.”

In spite of Putin sticking it to Obama again and today’s events in Crimea, Barack Obama did not attend Saturday’s briefing (not the first time) with the White House National Security Council.