This started as a simple chase to find out if we really did lose one of our drones to the Russians and then it just exploded.
Who or what the heck is Rostec?
Rostec is the Russian state arms and technology group and looks to be what you would get if you combined our DARPA with Raytheon, Texas Instrument, GM, Microsoft and Dow Chem. The company was formed by a law Putin pushed through in 2007. They are a HUGE conglomerate of 663 entities formed into 13 holding companies, all headed by one man, Sergey Chemezov, chairman of the Union of Russian Mechanical Engineers, and a lieutenant-general. An example is, Rostec just built their 3,500th Mi-17 Kazan Helicopter, export version, 80 of which have been delivered to India, with 70 more coming. Yes that's three thousand five hundred helicopters in 7 years. And you thought Bill Gates ran a big company, this guy runs over 600.
Hell, WE are buying a billion dollars worth of the Mi-17 Helicopters ourselves and are planning to give them to Afghanistan's security forces. That is just one product from one of six hundred and sixty plus companies under Rostec. Holy Crapski comrade! Did we already pay them? How do we get our money back and why are we giving them to Afghanistan? And why did we use a Russian company instead of an American company?
But back to the drones. It looks like the Russians used an electronic counter measure operations vehicle called the Avtobaza also know as the EW 1L222. (EW= Electronic Warfare) The EW 1L222 is the same platform Iran is said to have used to capture our drone a while back. The EW 1L222 is capable of over riding our drone control signals and then stealing control of the drone. The EW 1L222 is of course made by Rostec.
Rostec's web site denies they are the source of the article and say the information comes from a Russian site whose name translates to Military Observer. Also a Greek web site called EL.GR is also stating that on 3 March the Voice of Russia announced that one drone had been captured and another one has been shot down. They went on to say that the story has since been pulled.
A US Military drone is considered a military aircraft just like a fighter or a bomber, so does shooting one down or capturing it qualify as an act of war? Normally yes, not in this case probably, but normally yes. Did they really shoot one down or capture one, who knows? I'm thinking they got at least one in some fashion.
Question, why don't the Russians have drones? Everybody has some, from Turkey to Peru. But you never hear about Russia having one, and if you google Russian drones you mostly see what looks more like a Cruse Missile than a drone. But it looks like Russia has 44 types, only one of which is considered a killer drone. But Sukhoi, a Russian aircraft manufacturer, is building a massive drone. Our Reaper drone weighs in at 3.5 tons, the Sukhoi is reportedly to weigh 20 tons. Can you say drone fighter aircraft? Sukhoi air works is by the way a division of Rostec.
Yahoo original story
Repeat from SBS.com
Rostec Home Page
Military Observer Article
Greek page talking about two drones downed
Avtobaza also know as the EW 1L222
Russian Mi-17 Helo sale to India
USA buying Mi-17 Helos
Drones around the worldBig Ass Russian Drone
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