Thursday, May 31, 2012

Dear China: If you're done copying our drone, can we please have it back?

Y’know, I almost forgot this little tidbit. It seems that last month Iran made mention publicly that it was making great strides in reverse-engineering and copying the stealth drone they recovered from us.
As you’ll recall, a few months ago the Obama Administration ended up with egg not just on its collective face, but was pretty much drenched in egg wash, dredged in flour, and deep fried crispy golden brown when a super-secret RQ-170 Sentinel UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle), which is better stated as a stealth spy drone, malfunctioned & crash-landed in Iran. Yeah, that’s a bit of an embarrassment for the administration, who had to admit they were actively spying on Iran, and for Lockheed Martin, the manufacturer of the drone that some had previously dubbed “The Beast of Kandahar”.

Nothing like having a hostile nation parading your military’s biggest secret weapon on live TV. 

Now, I’m not that concerned about the Iranians’ claim that they are reverse-engineering it. Hell, they’ve had 40 years to try and reverse engineer the few F-14 Tomcat fighters we sold them in the early 1970s when the Shah was still in power. Their success rate? Zero. Hell, they couldn't even reverse engineer spare parts to keep theirs flying.

Let's 80s vintage F-14 Tomcat, a Vietnam-era F-4 Phantom, and a Russian-built MiG-29, circa 1990. Last I heard, Iran sold the MiGs to China for nuclear weapons help.

Nah…I’m more worried that as soon as the dust cleared on the runway where The Beast landed, the Chinese were all over that drone like ants on a sugar cube, and those little bastards will have it reverse-engineered in no time flat. This I find exceedingly worrisome.

China is already test-flying their own home-grown stealth fighter to rival our F-22 Raptor. Most sources still claim it to be a generation behind the Raptor but now they have a brand-new stealthy toy  to work with, along with the modified MH-60 Blackhawk helicopter that the SEALs used on the Bin Laden raid…can’t forget that our Pakistani “allies” boxed up our stealthy whirlybird and let China have their way with it by the time Osama’s blood dried on the walls.

Obama even asked Iran to give it back. I’m sure Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is still laughing over that one. So are the Chinese.

                         "Get this, Hugo...he even asked me to give it back! What an assclown!"

The Sentinel drone looks an awful lot like a miniature B-2 bomber, so I fully expect our communist buddies to be actively building their own when they aren’t shipping us plastic-tainted pet food, lead-painted toys, and a few hundred million iPhones.

And yet, the mainstream media just kinda glossed over this and no one is asking the White House about this anymore….instead they’d rather ask about whether Mitt Romney bullied a guy in 1965 and make cute jokes about how Obama says he smoked so much weed that his last two years of high school were a blur.

Hope. Change. Fail.

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