The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps in Iran apparently video-recorded a U.S. aircraft carrier for almost an hour using a drone hovering some 1,500 feet above the aircraft without being detected, military sources inside Iran have claimed in a report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
The video recording apparently was done from an unmanned aerial vehicle which appears to have been a stealth unit since it avoided detection despite its proximity to the massive U.S. ship.
Iran is assessed by the U.S. intelligence community to have UAVs, which Iranian sources say can be used for reconnaissance, intelligence gathering and can even be equipped either with a warhead or radio frequency weapon.
Such weapons, which there is increasing evidence Iran has developed, could fly over a target, such as an aircraft carrier, and knock out its onboard electronics since it is bristling with aerials that can act as a conduit to “fry” the onboard electronics.
Iran has been working on weapons that can emit an electromagnetic pulse that can either damage or destroy unguarded sensitive electronics. While EMPs generally are associated with the effects of a nuclear explosion or intense solar storm, RF weapons act in the same way but are non-nuclear.
Separate Defense Department sources tell G2Bulletin that electronics on U.S. naval vessels are not always hardened to withstand an electronic attack.
This latest episode is not the first time that Iranian IRGC naval forces have tracked, photographed and video-recorded a U.S. aircraft carrier. In December 2011, Iranian sources say, an Iranian vessel and a surveillance plane video-recorded a U.S. aircraft carrier during naval drills near the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf.
The Iranians have been displaying an increased sense of confidence in what they say is Iranian domination and control over the U.S. Navy ships in the Persian Gulf.
IRGC Navy Rear Adm. Ali Fadavi, for example, said that U.S. naval forces require IRGC permission before making any move in its regional waters.