Downed U.S. Drone 'Bargaining Chip' for Iran?
What do Iranians stand to gain?
- Duration 3:11
- Date Dec 12, 2011
What do Iranians stand to gain?
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Few reports coming in on that high tech US drone that was captured in Iran according to state media in Iran.
-- -- and officials now say they are the final stages of recovering data from the aircraft the RQ 170 sentinel.
What are the most sophisticated weapons in the US arsenal Iran says it will use the information.
To file a lawsuit against the United States for violating its air space and officials there say they now I have the capability.
To reproduce the aircraft joining -- -- -- Jim Walsh an international security expert the security studies program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Jim great to see this more so when they say that there.
On the cusp here of unlocking the secrets of this John aircraft.
What could they possibly get -- Well number one I think it's highly unlikely that they would have the capability to do that Iran is known for a series of big grand pronouncements.
And then often the follow up is that there I don't think they have the technical capability to be able sort of reverse engineer or do something that's meaningful what this.
Maybe the Russians good maybe the Chinese good so I think the most likely outcome.
Is that they use this is a bargaining chip in some sort of a deal with the Russians or the Chinese so what do what do you make of this idea that they've they wanna file a lawsuit on an invasion of their airspace by the strong who -- -- appeal to.
What perhaps think it is something at the international -- justice.
Personally I'd like to see it on the People's Court that television program I think and -- will be very funny.
You know that I can see now you know -- -- -- US guy on the other side but.
I don't think this is gone anywhere I mean they might you know it this is about politics and symbolism.
And and they're just trying to milk it for what they can disease on another network but maybe my friend Nancy Grace can handle this one as well now that's what we're tired of golf when we talked before we talk about reverse engineering this.
He said you don't think Iran has the capability they they obviously have some pretty Smart scientists there in Iran.
Is there a chance that they could discover something that might accelerate their air program.
No I really don't think so you know -- focused on rockets they don't have much of an air force.
And the rocket program while making progress is nothing compared.
-- -- Russian program the US program attorneys program and you know they are developing country yes they have some Smart folks but they're developing country -- you know they're not an advanced industrial states so I think that's beyond them at this point -- -- say thinking can be used as a bargaining chip and making some sort of deal with either Russia or China if either the Russians or or maybe even.
More worrisome the Chinese got a hold of this aircraft what could they do it.
Well that probably you know -- it there are some things that we don't know we don't know.
What information is actually embedded in and they -- we don't know what physical shape it is it looks intact but we don't know what it looks like inside but the reality John is if you use drones.
But they're gonna crash if you use missiles the gonna crash you know it's part of it's it's just the -- you -- you don't want it to happen.
But at the end of the day the US is working on the next generation of drones and the one after that so it's a cat and mouse game yes they're gonna learn something yes it would have been better that it hadn't crashed -- got into the hands of potential enemies are adversaries.
But that's just.
The real world that's the price you pay for -- in this game and meanwhile we're working on the next best version and of course are still trying to figure out exactly why went down Jim Walsh good to see this morning thanks for taking the time.