It crashed in Pakistan today and is claimed to be American. I don't recognize it. Anybody seen this one before?
Hoax doesn't look that unlikely.
There seem to be too many little things pointing away from a hoax. For example, dihedral of outer wing panels; taped tail indicates crude repairs, i.e. it flew before; the fact that it's made to look like a bird from below, and maybe from above (I'm thinking that black is more like camouflage); control linkages; those four canisters on th bottom. If it's a hoax, the hoaxster knew what they were doing.
What the guy was holding is a likely a imaging/sensory gimbal. I think this is a puller setup. If you look at the images more closely you can almost make out a spinner on the nose. Bet this was a low cost build by intelligence operators within the area. There are operatives in theatre that have the capability of putting things like this together on, at, or around the location they are to be operating in. I have seen a number of RC fixed wing builds with this same style airframe. Looks like it was covered in Mylar. Disposable UAV. No surprise.
I think if anyone here *can* recognize it, they are keeping quiet in order to keep their job...
That said, given the wide variety of artsy drones we've seen here, I'm sure this community could make a pretty good camouflaged hobby drone!
hell why one of these birdies can't crash in my backyard , I need a new flir camera ;)
I think that the "underside" is actually the top and I would hazard a guess and say that its part of the antenna / gps system. The paint scheme "black" on the bottom is to make it look smaller and more bird like from below.
The guy with the FN FAL looks like he knows more than he is willing to admit...
Lol. Like the photo was taken immediately after he rolled his eyes.
Looks strikingly similar to the Festo smart bird
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