It crashed in Pakistan today and is claimed to be American. I don't recognize it. Anybody seen this one before?

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Comment by IKE on August 26, 2011 at 6:01am

Hoax doesn't look that unlikely.

Comment by Paul Marsh on August 26, 2011 at 7:36am

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.

Comment by Todd Hill on August 26, 2011 at 8:26am

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. 

Comment by Geoffrey L. Barrows on August 26, 2011 at 8:28am

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!

Comment by Dano on August 26, 2011 at 9:26am
Well I'll be.... I wondered where it went after losing the radio signal! ;)
Comment by Tassos Polichronopoulos on August 26, 2011 at 9:41am

hell why one of these birdies can't crash in my backyard , I need a new flir camera ;)


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Comment by Rory Paul on August 26, 2011 at 9:54am

@Paul

 

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.

Comment by Bob Hvarven on August 26, 2011 at 10:13am

The guy with the FN FAL looks like he knows more than he is willing to admit...


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Comment by Gent Armedo on August 26, 2011 at 10:22am

Lol. Like the photo was taken immediately after he rolled his eyes.

Comment by GBASK on August 26, 2011 at 11:14am

Looks strikingly similar to the Festo smart bird

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