1. Post #1
    Video is from AP,
    Iran has unveiled what it says is a new "indigenous" long-range unmanned drone capable of flying over most of the Middle East, state media report.

    The Shahed (Witness) 129 had a range of 2,000km (1,240 miles) and could be equipped with bombs and missiles, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps said.

    It is reportedly capable of carrying out reconnaissance and combat missions.

    Last year, the Iranian authorities displayed a US drone which they claimed to have brought down electronically.

    The US insisted that Iran neither shot down the the RQ-170 Sentinel nor used electronic warfare or cyber-technology to force it from the sky. They blamed a malfunction.

    Later, the head of the IRGC's aerospace programme, Amir Ali Hajizadeh, said it was trying to build a copy of the drone. It is not clear whether the Shahed 129 bears any resemblance.

    Defences 'ready'
    The unveiling of the drone follows a major naval exercise in the Gulf by the US and its allies.

    Thirty countries participated in the manoeuvres designed to test the international community's capacity to deal with mines that could hamper shipping in the Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, through which a fifth of the world's oil supply is transported.

    The exercises took place amid heightened tensions between the West and Iran over the Islamic Republic's nuclear programme.

    On Monday, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said he was not concerned by the threat that Israel could launch a military strike on Iran's nuclear facilities.

    "Fundamentally we do not take seriously the threats of the Zionists," he told reporters in New York. "We have all the defensive means at our disposal and we are ready to defend ourselves."

    He also ignored a plea by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for both sides to avoid "incendiary rhetoric" by saying the modern state of Israel had "no roots" in the Middle East and would eventually be "eliminated".

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently warned that Iran was only six or seven months from having "90%" of what it needed to make a nuclear bomb, and urged the US to draw a "red line" which if crossed would lead to military intervention.

    Iran insists its nuclear programme is solely for peaceful purposes.
    BBC News
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  2. Post #2
    Needs more suspension.
    Dennab
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    probably just copied the one they hijacked
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    probably just copied the one they hijacked
    They're entirely different designs though. One is a stealth drone with jet propulsion and this is a conventional drone with a prop.
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    Ah yes "opinions"
    Jackald's Avatar
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    Watch as America condemns it...
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    Lets shoot it down and show pictures of it in our hands
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    Soon we'll have Far Wars: The Drone Wars. Coming to a theater near you.
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    Oh cool. So now they can launch strikes against (what they think are) terrorists in Syria who are destabilizing the government. With the Syrian governments blessings ofcourse.
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    why does every US military news story get winners, and every iranian or chinese one get funnies?

    next one will be 'iran detonates underground hydrogen warhead; unveils long-range ICBM' and you guys will still be all 'heh copied america '
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    It's because they still think they have inferior technology where it's only behind by a few years in some cases and in most it's equal to U.S. tech. They like to feel safe.
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    why does every US military news story get winners, and every iranian or chinese one get funnies?

    next one will be 'iran detonates underground hydrogen warhead; unveils long-range ICBM' and you guys will still be all 'heh copied america '
    Because I assume this board is predominantly occupied by American users. National pride and shit you know.
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    DERAILER OF THREADS DESTROYER OF IDIOTS
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    Because I assume this board is predominantly occupied by American users. National pride and shit you know.
    Last poll I saw, only a third of the forum, at most, were American.
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    SPQR
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    why does every US military news story get winners, and every iranian or chinese one get funnies?

    next one will be 'iran detonates underground hydrogen warhead; unveils long-range ICBM' and you guys will still be all 'heh copied america '
    I doubt Iran will get the chance to create either

  13. Post #13
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    Last poll I saw, only a third of the forum, at most, were American.
    A poll isn't exactly an accurate figure seeing as I've never voted on one nor have I even seen one on here.
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    SPQR
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    A poll isn't exactly an accurate figure seeing as I've never voted on one nor have I even seen one on here.
    They arn't too uncommon. Most of them are on fast threads

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    A poll isn't exactly an accurate figure seeing as I've never voted on one nor have I even seen one on here.
    that's pretty anecdotal
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    Terminutter's Avatar
    June 2010
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    A poll isn't exactly an accurate figure seeing as I've never voted on one nor have I even seen one on here.
    Garry released a few user statistics a while back IIRC, including traffic by country and by device / OS.

  17. Post #17
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    runtime's Avatar
    December 2005
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    The aircraft looks horrendously unstable in flight. On one of the final clips where I presume it was on a takeoff run, it was nosing down towards the runway. Give that thing a bit of wind and it'll tip over almost definitely.

  18. Post #18
    This probably isn't a good idea
    Camundongo's Avatar
    October 2007
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    It's because they still think they have inferior technology where it's only behind by a few years in some cases and in most it's equal to U.S. tech. They like to feel safe.
    Because Iran is capable of producing the same military tech as the US, a country who's defense spending is equal to half of the world's defense spending as a whole? Really?

  19. Post #19
    No such thing as overkill.
    catbarf's Avatar
    January 2007
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    They don't say whether that range is the combat radius or maximum range. There's a pretty important distinction between the two.

  20. Post #20
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    It's because they still think they have inferior technology where it's only behind by a few years in some cases and in most it's equal to U.S. tech. They like to feel safe.
    Iran does generally have a much lower technology level than the U.S

  21. Post #21
    They don't say whether that range is the combat radius or maximum range. There's a pretty important distinction between the two.
    They said it can strike Israel.

  22. Post #22
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    S31-Syntax's Avatar
    October 2007
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    OKay cool so you made an RC plane with a 2000KM range. Do you have the radio infrastructure to run it at those ranges?

    Plus I hope those drones are cheap, cause good luck getting anyone over there to allow you to fly potentially armed drones with the Iranian Flag through their airspace.

    Edited:

    Then again they allow us to so its anyone's game.

  23. Post #23
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    It's because they still think they have inferior technology where it's only behind by a few years in some cases and in most it's equal to U.S. tech. They like to feel safe.
    so you're basing how good military technology is on looks

    "the drone looks pretty close to the US one, must have identical technology too!"

    edit:

    Unless you really think Iran's military is really comparable to the capabilities of the US. Yes Iran has a capable military but it doesn't have anywhere near the strength or reach that the US military does.
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    OKay cool so you made an RC plane with a 2000KM range. Do you have the radio infrastructure to run it at those ranges?

    Plus I hope those drones are cheap, cause good luck getting anyone over there to allow you to fly potentially armed drones with the Iranian Flag through their airspace.

    Edited:

    Then again they allow us to so its anyone's game.
    They have a space program and a Navy so I assume so.
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  25. Post #25
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    Iran has a space program? o.O
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    -Get_A_Life-'s Avatar
    June 2008
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    Iran has a space program? o.O
    Yeah, it's called "Knock knock on Allah's door".
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    September 2005
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    It looks like a copy of the Hermes H450

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elbit_Hermes_450

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    Clops with bisousbisous daily <3
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    -snip-
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  30. Post #30
    RAPISTS ARE OPPRESSED
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    Netherlands 6th place, nice.

  31. Post #31
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    Let's assume that curiosity is global.
    Let's further assume that curiosity is equally shared amongst all peoples of the world.


    Here is the first-visit-only traffic to my title. Facepunch is more or less half American, and that's a HUGE majority.
    Let's assume only idiots click links in titles.
    Facepunch's idiots are primarily American.
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    Let's assume that curiosity is global.
    Let's further assume that curiosity is equally shared amongst all peoples of the world.


    Here is the first-visit-only traffic to my title. Facepunch is more or less half American, and that's a HUGE majority.
    I don't think it really counts as much when you start assuming things.
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    NeonpieDFTBA's Avatar
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    Garry released a few user statistics a while back IIRC, including traffic by country and by device / OS.
    I had a quick Google and found this:

    The United States makes up 33.9% of visits to the site whereas the United Kingdom makes up 8.3% of all visits. Many other locations are heavily underrepresented at Facepunch.
    http://www.facepunch.com/showthread.php?t=1064727

  34. Post #34
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    Starting statistics with assumptions usually makes said statistics... somewhat invalid.

  35. Post #35
    Fight until death, shoot until empty.

    November 2009
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    why does every US military news story get winners, and every iranian or chinese one get funnies?

    next one will be 'iran detonates underground hydrogen warhead; unveils long-range ICBM' and you guys will still be all 'heh copied america '
    Because anything from that part of the world is not known for its "superiority" with technology

  36. Post #36
    According to the info Alexa has, it's true, Americans make up the majority of visitors.




    THEY'RE WATCHING US
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  37. Post #37
    RAPISTS ARE OPPRESSED
    mobrockers2's Avatar
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    According to the info Alexa has, it's true, Americans make up the majority of visitors.




    THEY'RE WATCHING US
    Doesn't alexa count people using their toolbar or something?
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  38. Post #38
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    June 2005
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    Let's assume that curiosity is global.
    Let's further assume that curiosity is equally shared amongst all peoples of the world.


    Here is the first-visit-only traffic to my title. Facepunch is more or less half American, and that's a HUGE majority.
    This is the dumbest post ive seen in all 7 years ive been on this forum.
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  39. Post #39
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    Watch as America condemns it...
    The fuck are we supposed to do? Congratulate them on a job well done?

  40. Post #40
    Starpluck? More like StarFUCK!!
    Starpluck's Avatar
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    The fuck are we supposed to do? Congratulate them on a job well done?
    No, just say nothing.
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