>>216999205>unmanned drone( very high tech) flies close to Iran and they "SOMEHOW" know how to shoot it down
Jesus Christ, you people are genuinely retarded.>Iran shot it down so they must have known
Let me break it down for you retards. Iran knows we have increased troop strength in the area. They know we are flying maneuvers in the area. Iran also has radar, because unlike Iraq, we didn't spend the last ten years bombing every Iranian radar site that dared to turn on. That means they know where the drone launched from, and most likely, based on its flight profile, its climb rates, its turn rates, and with its its radar signature and increased EE activity, they assuredly knew it was a drone and not anything else, especially if it went to full altitude before making the pass. After that it's just a matter of shooting a SAM at it.
They don't have to know our schedule or timelines or plans. They have missiles, they have the radar, it's their coast line, they know the area better than we do, and they know we will go through eventually.
The USSR had SAMs that could hit a U2 at 90,000 feet sixty years ago, that's not new tech. The drone that was shot down has a wider wingspan than a 757, it's not small or stealth, or hard to spot, especially if it's doing high G turns or climbs that a human pilot wouldn't do, or if it's flying over 45,000 feet and not transmitting to air traffic control on the ground there. Our operators and planners just got complacent from flying in Iraq and Afghanistan, where the only radar is ours.