“We all feel drunk [with happiness] now,” says the Iranian engineer. “Have you ever had a new laptop? Imagine that excitement multiplied many-fold.” When the Revolutionary Guard first recovered the drone, they were aware it might be rigged to self-destruct, but they “were so excited they could not stay away.”
Iran is definitely working on electronic warfare techniques. EMP attacks are certainly on their list of things to experiment with and possibly deploy against the U.S.
Also, why don’t we have a self-destruct sequence that kicks in whenever our drones land? Even if the GPS data is faulty, a failsafe might be a timer rigged to wait for an encrypted broadcast that it is indeed unique to friendly forces. If it doesn’t hear that, it just explodes.
Is that really so hard? Maybe it is. What do you think?
- Iran says it’s almost done decoding US drone (seattletimes.nwsource.com)