2012-08-15 (China Military News from China-defense-mashup) — The latest information unleashed from Chinese Internet says Chinese expert group has come into Iran to research U.S. RQ-170 drone. They have contact with the UAV for twice, the first “contact” lasted about 40 minutes, and the second about four hours and they checked the internal advices. The two sides are still negotiating the details of the cooperation on reverse engineering of RQ-170.
Only 4 days After the RQ-170′s “Capture on 4 December 2011″, Chinese Expert Group had arrived in Iran, rather than the Iran’s defense minister Ahmad Karimpour says Tehran has received requests for Moscow and Beijing on April 19 2012.
The expert group composed by 17 people, of which a total of 11 are technical experts from PLA General Staff, General Armament Department and AVIC, as well as others from Chinese foreign affairs ministry and diplomats in Iran.
Actually, the key goal of Chinese delegation is to shipped back the main part of the RQ-170 aircraft and they has showed their required components list to Iran. Chinese experts plans to get all state-of-the-art technologies of U.S. stealth UAV and left fuselage to Iran.
However, Russians were making trouble in this Sino-Iran secret cooperation. Some part of RQ-170 will be gotten by Russia and Iran also does want to obtain UAV technologies from RQ-170.
On 4 December 2011, an American Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was captured by Iranian forces near the city of Kashmar in northeastern Iran. The Iranian government announced that the UAV was brought down by its Cyber warfare unit which commandeered the aircraft and safely landed it, after initial reports from Western news sources incorrectly claimed that it had been “shot down”. The US government claims that the UAV malfunctioned and crashed, although the aircraft was later shown on Iranian TV with no apparent damage.
U.S. officials anonymously admitted that the drone was on a CIA spying mission over Iran when it was captured and they have expressed concern over the possibility of China or Russia receiving the drone’s technology.