Cyber war on US drones? Another spy craft crash, now in Seychelles

With America still scrambling to explain why and how they lost a drone aircraft over Iran last week, the Pentagon is trying to make sense of how another high-tech unmanned spy craft crashed Tuesday morning in the Seychelles.

For the second time in two weeks, American authorities lost contact with a drone aircraft, this time resulting in a fiery crash in the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean. The United States has operated an Air Force base there since 2009 to dispatch drones for use in anti-piracy missions and to patrol the skies over Somalia and elsewhere.

Officials at the US embassy in Mauritius confirmed the crash onTuesday morning, revealing that an MQ-9, or “Reaper” drone, had landed at Seychelles International Airport, citing mechanical issues.

A week earlier, the Department of Defense denied losing a drone, only for Iran authorities to in turn publish video proof of an American craft that they have recovered. The Pentagon later admitted that they lost contact with the drone while allegedly flying it over Afghanistan, prompting President Obama to ask Tehran to return the spy plane. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has shot down Obama’s plea, however, telling Venezuelan state television this week, “The Americans have perhaps decided to give us this spy plane. We now have control of this plane.” Ahmadinejad added that Iranian authorities are able to make sense of the craft’s complex technical system, perhaps providing a crucial addition to Iran’s arsenal as tensions between Tehran and Washington intensify over a budding nuclear program overseas.

The Department of Defense has remained relatively mum on the exact capabilities of the lost craft, although insiders insist that the drone in question can sniff out chemicals in the sky and intercept cell phone transmissions miles in the sky while remaining undetected.

The loss of the second drone within days raises questions about security within the US military and the unmanned crafts themselves. It was reported earlier this year that drones dispatched from Creech Air Force Base in Nevada were plagued with a computer virus that made its way into the cockpits of the crafts without American authorities able to quickly identify it. Even though US military officials claimed that the virus didn’t harm the security of US aircraft, it is suspicious that now two American drones have been downed in only such a short amount of time, raising questions whether it is possible retaliation from Iran for an alleged cyber attack the year prior. Stuxnet, a 2010 computer warm that targeted Iranian nuclear facilities, was suspected to be perpetrated by American intelligence agencies, much to their dismissal.

In the case of the down drone over Seychelles, authorities say that government officials of the island nation were “immediately notified” and are coordinating an effort with the United States to arrange for “the removal of debris,” says the US Air Force. Pending further investigation, the US Air Force released a statement on Tuesday saying that “It has been confirmed that this drone was unarmed and its failure was due to mechanical reasons.”

Editor Gervais Henrie of the local Le Seychellois Hebdo tells the Washington Post that the craft burst into blames upon crashing, describing the wreckage in a phone interview as charred and “totally destroyed.”

The MQ-9 Reaper has the capability of launching laser-guided bombs and air-to-ground missiles, although the DoD says the craft in question was not armed and no injuries resulted in the crash.

Source: RT

13 Responses to Cyber war on US drones? Another spy craft crash, now in Seychelles

  1. L. Charles Burch December 14, 2011 at 2:24 AM

    I find it quite interesting that China has a naval supply base on Seychelles. Could there be a connection? Google China’s Seychelles facility not a military base: Chinese analysts

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  2. Future human December 14, 2011 at 3:40 AM

    “Breaching Security?” “Securtiy Concerns” of anyone or any nation involves their right to lie through their teeth and sneak up on any person or any nation without warning and illegally spy on them and poison them and kill them brutally for any reason or no reason at all. That’s “security.” Breaching security is a paramount duty of all moral and good-natured people. All military security of every nation worldwide should be breached by all innocent, good-natured, and moral God-fearing people. This nation and other nations around the world are engaged in some wars against everyone and everything that lives and breathes for no reason at all. Some people post and write fallacious and untrue articles and comments in order to “win the war” against anyone who wishes simply to live and breathe lawfully in peace. Charles Burch is obviously one of these “warriors,” for what reason I don’t know, he must be paid to do so. Throng of Occupy protesters in NYC Court is a “blow in the war against…” nothing. No enemy, no combatant, no crime, no anything. Charles Burch is a WINNER and will DO WHAT IT TAKES TO WIN, even lie and make stuff up to DEFEAT THE ENEMY, who he doesn’t realize isn’t really an enemy or a threat to anyone.

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    • spec/ops ret. December 16, 2011 at 2:44 PM

      You have unwittingly let-out the secret oath of zionist every where.

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  3. Morris Wise December 14, 2011 at 7:38 AM

    There are over 50 million Americans breaking the law, most are pot smokers and drivers under the influence of alcohol. Drones will bring these lawbreakers into police custody. Drones can be placed in front of the homes of suspected drug dealers and in front of bars at closing time. A customer leaving the bar and getting into his car at closing time will surely be under the influence of alcohol. It will be the job of the drone to signal the sheriff and have the drunken driver arrested.

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    • Lovar-Jerome:Cusic December 16, 2011 at 2:54 AM

      @ Morris: You are out of your mind and hopefully not an American

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    • mr_bellows December 16, 2011 at 5:51 AM

      Drones can also deliver chemical and biological agents to any location on the planet…don’t forget that.

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    • Anonymous December 16, 2011 at 9:19 AM

      Bull.

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    • spec/ops ret. December 16, 2011 at 2:47 PM

      More deaths in autos due to cell phones then pot, you moron!

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    • Morris Fool December 16, 2011 at 3:39 PM

      Hey Morris…are you a real human being or just a fictitious name created by the CIA. Nobody is really that stupid…are they?

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  4. kenzo fremont December 16, 2011 at 7:52 AM

    I love you Illuminati symbolism at the top of page!

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  5. kenzo fremont December 16, 2011 at 7:53 AM

    cowards

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  6. Jennifer December 16, 2011 at 12:12 PM

    We should be asking why the US military continues to rely on drones in spite of news that over the past four years 90 drones have been lost. That’s an average of 22.5 drones lost each year. Each drone must cost several million US dollars to make and outfit; that’s money that could be better spent. Only the other day I read that 50% of Americans live in poverty.

    The US must realise that conducting remote-control hi-tech warfare over Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan is no way to win wars: drones can be notoriously inaccurate in hitting their targets (apparently for every 2 targetted terrorists who are killed by drones, 98 civilians die along with them). Sooner or later, a ground war involving your own troops must be fought.

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  7. Bob December 16, 2011 at 12:27 PM

    The airline industry is working on unmanned airliners to save money on pilot costs. Wait until we start losing airliners!

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