10 million unmanned Reaper spy plane crashed in Afghanistan

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10 million unmanned Reaper spy plane crashed in Afghanistan

Oops, engine failure meant that a 10 million Reaper crashed in Afghanistan. The RAF had to destroy it with a bomb rather than let it fall into Taliban hands. They recovered the camera and memory chips first which says something about the technology secrecy.

I wonder if it was insured....

The RAF deliberately blew up one of its own 10 million spy planes after it crash landed over Taliban territory in Afghanistan.

Faced with the prospect of the technology falling into enemy hands, commanders immediately despatched an elite unit to remove "sensitive items" from the unmanned Reaper spy drone.

Reapers are used to relay real-time information about the enemy's position back to battlefield planners. The items reoved were thought to be a high-intensity camera and memory chips.

When the elite unit had done its job and left the area, a RAF Harrier was called in to destroy the remains of the crashed plane with a 1,000lb laser-guided bomb.

A military source said:
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We can confirm that on 9 April, a Reaper UAV [Unmanned Aerial Vehicle] made a forced landing whilst on an operation over a remote unpopulated area of southern Afghanistan

There was no way we could take even the slightest risk of the Taliban getting hold of any parts. Sensitive items were recovered and the remaining wreckage was destroyed. The reason for the forced landing is under investigation, however mechanical issues are suspected.


The top-secret Reaper, which had only been in service for six months, is thought to have suffered an engine failure before it was forced to land in southern Afghanistan on April 9.

According to the US Department of Defence Security Cooperation Agency, Britain is looking at buying another 10 Reapers as part of a wider 540 million deal.

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By netchicken: posted on 25-4-2008








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