New Subject in Iran Schools: Drone-Hunting
High school students may learn how to bring down drones
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 19, 2013 10:54 AM CDT
In this Jan. 31, 2010 file photo, an unmanned US Predator drone flies over Kandahar Air Field, southern Afghanistan, on a moon-lit night.   (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

(Newser) – Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guards paramilitary units plan to teach drone-hunting to high school students, an Iranian newspaper reported today. The report by pro-reform Etemad daily quoted Gen. Ali Fazli, acting commander of the Guard's Basij militia, as saying the new program will be taught as part of a "Defensive Readiness" lesson in high schools from late September. He did not elaborate but the plan suggests students would be taught how to track and bring down drone aircraft by hacking their computer systems.

Iranian hardliners have long sought a larger role for the military in the country's education system. Students at both junior and senior high schools currently take courses focusing on "civil defense." Iran captured a US RQ-170 Sentinel drone in 2011 after it entered Iranian airspace. Since then, Tehran says it has seized more US drones, including a Boeing-designed ScanEagle.

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HMD-SMD-ITY
Aug 19, 2013 7:22 PM CDT
Battle of the children. A 19 year old child gets into a control console in Nevada or Florida and sits down and watches for the computer to notify him/her of a possible target. Meanwhile in $hitwater Iraq, a 19 year old is trained to listen and then watch from binoculars to identify a drone. Then he/she makes a call on a phone provided by an Al Qaeda operative to inform them of it. That operative calls the person in the car and tells them to change their route. The 19 year old in the USA sees the change and then makes corrective control moves. Finally Langley calls on the squawk box (remember those) and approves the kill. So the operator takes the interlocks off and lets loose the payload. A minute later that 19 year old on the ground in wasteoid Iraq calls his buddy and says, "I have good news and I have bad news. The bad news is that your Al Qaeda buddy is vaporized. The good news is that the family won't need to bury anything."
Plato
Aug 19, 2013 5:24 PM CDT
The next thing, if it is not already being developed, is drone defense by utilizing drones to kill drones. Drone predators that search and find surveillance drones, get close and laser clobber them. Why this drone vs. drone thing could turn into a billion dollar industry.
scott-houghton
Aug 19, 2013 5:16 PM CDT
What idiot decided drones would be a good idea in Iran/Afghanistan/Pakistan? It makes it look as though the US is invading it, thus it's easy propaganda for Al-Qaeda and the Taliban etc. to turn people against the US. It's basically American sponsored terrorism.