For those of you keeping score, the Iranians have now shot at three US UAV drones this month, downing two of them.
6-Jun-2019 – Destroyed; MQ-9 Reaper; shot by SA-6
13-Jun-2019 – Miss; MQ-9 Reaper; shot at by SA-7
19-Jun-2019 – Destroyed; Navy MQ-4C Triton (BAMS) (variously reported as RQ-4A Global Hawk)
This is in addition to at least six tanker minings attributed to Iran in the last few weeks.
You’ll also recall the 2011 capture by Iran of an RQ-170 Sentinel that may have had its control communications hacked.
Does allowing a country to conduct this many attacks seem like a good idea?
These incidents illustrate a couple points we’ve made.
- UAVs are not survivable over the modern battlefield. These UAVs are flying in a very permissive air space (surface to air shots notwithstanding!) and are being attacked by a third rate (if that) military. Imagine the life expectancy of such UAVs against China.
- These UAVs are just promoting incidents. If we’re not going to respond aggressively and stomp on Iran HARD, then we should pull back and leave the area. At the moment, all we’re doing is antagonizing Iran to no good purpose and wearing out our men and equipment, in addition to losing expensive drones.
This is the ‘shit or get off the pot’ moment. We need to respond FORCEFULLY or leave.