Last week an unidentified helicopter penetrated Israeli air defenses unnoticed. It now turns out that the reason why, is it was made out of a radar absorbent materials. Apparently it didn’t take long for the Iranians to exploit the stealth technology they acquired from the US last year.
Losing our stealth technology then doing nothing about it is yet another example of the gross incompetence and passivity of the administration. On a positive note, this breach of Israeli airspace by the Iranians has set a precedent for the Israelis to respond in a similar fashion.
Israeli military researchers, investigating the incident have, according to debkafileâ??s intelligence sources, found fragments of the downed Iranian unmanned aerial vehicle had been made out of a certain type of fiberglass which is absorbent to radar beams. This explains why it was not detected by Israeli air defense radar.
This alerted the investigators to the possibility that Iranian engineers were able to reverse-engineer the stealth and radar-repellent elements embodied in the secret US RQ-170 drone they captured on Dec. 13, 2011, and incorporate them in the UAV which breached Israeli air space.
Iran then claimed its cyber war experts had downed the US RQ-170 intruding over its territory and recovered it complete with all its systems intact. The Americans still claim the secret drone came down in Iran when a technical fault forced it off course after taking off from Kandahar in S. Afghanistan.
Whatever happened then, Iran managed to commandeer the most secret American drone, a huge prize, together with its highly sophisticated electronic systems. The incident Saturday showed that the IDF had not taken into account that, in the interim ten months, Iran had learned how to use the stolen American RQ-170 stealth and counter-radar capabilities to upgrade unmanned aircraft of its own.
Indeed, on Sept. 17, a Revolutionary Guards general Seyed Mohsen Kazzemeini boasted that Iran had built a number of stealth aircraft from the seized American RQ-170.