HAVING AN EXERCISE TO "PRACTICE SHOOTING DOWN" U.S. DRONE AIRCRAFT IS FAR DIFFERENT FROM ACTUALLY BEING ABLE TO SHOOT ONE DOWN.
Iranian Frigate on the Hunt for Drones? (Photo USN)
Editorial Note: March 15,2015: We haven't seen much in the way of bogus practice shoot downs of targets Iran can't hit in the time since this post was first published. What has changed is this, Iran concluded a "mutual defense" treaty with Russia. Russia is of course back to its old Cold War practices scans all the ideology that went with the Communists. But the Bear and the Peacock are still strange bed fellows given all of the issues Russia has with Muslims and internal attempts at the Islamification of Russia. Then of course Iran decided to jump into the battle against ISIS it's rival for the most blood thirsty regime on the planet, and Obama offered to simply get out of the way of their development of nuclear weapons. Of course once Iran has nuclear weapons being led by mad men, they will immediately deploy them against Israel. With the U.S rolling over and playing dead the next move falls to Israel and unless there is rapid change, will be unilateral. Israel can not afford a nuclear Iran. . .
The peacock has always been full of itself.. The lunatic fringe republic has just conducted amid much fan fare a "massive" one day "anti drone drill" in the Persian Gulf. Code named Mesbah al-Hoda meaniing "Lantern of Guidance" supposedly the Peacock's armed forces practiced targeting unmanned aerial vehicles. Well, manned U.S. aircraft are designed to not be sitting ducks and the world hasn't had a lot of success in knocking them from the sky , though every now and then an enemy gets lucky. The thing about drones is having no pilot their flight characteristics can be quite remarkable with no one to pass out from the G forces or to perish above the heights where pressurized cockpits can protect human pilots. In short while anyone can shoot down a slow moving level flying low end surveillance drone shooting down a weaponized jet drone may be much more difficult than shooting down a cruise missile. The real reason Iran seems to be announcing this latest exercise in puffery is that the U.S. and Israel have been engaged in a joint defense exercise. The combined forces are testing Israel and American projectile defenses, which have in fact been proven in combat. Unlike the Peacock, the partnership hasn't released a lot of details of the exercise. The Peacock seems to release a lot of information but on closer examination it appears rather long on bombast and short on detail. We are still betting on the partnership.