Commander Highlights Significance of Electronics in Modern Warfare
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A top IRGC commander emphasized the need for progress in the electronics sphere to face down major world powers in case of a confrontation, saying the country needs to expand its power dimensions to broaden its scope of influence.
“When the elctronics comes into play, the realities of wars will also be affected by the progress in this sphere, to the extent that these days at the same time the governments have mutual interactions they control one another via electronics,” Lieutenant Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Hossein Salami said on Wednesday in a national conference on electronic warfare, held in Tehran.
He also extolled the benefits of technological advances in gaining the upper hand in confrontation with the adversaries, and added, “a scientific leap and progress can disarm the enemy, and electronics plays a unique role in our movement.”
“We need to break the enemy’s scientific monopoly in modern scientific arenas,” Brigadier General Salami pointed out, noting that such a move would have a direct bearing on the country’s independence and security.
On December 4, 2011, an American Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel unmanned aerial vehicle was captured by Iranian forces near the city of Kashmar in northeastern Iran.
The drone was brought down by the Iranian Army's electronic warfare unit which commandeered the aircraft and safely landed it.
Earlier Iran announced it had completed decoding the surveillance data and software extracted from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) drone.
After capturing the aircraft, Iran announced that it intended to carry out reverse engineering on the captured RQ-170 Sentinel stealth aircraft, which is similar in design to a US Air Force B-2 stealth bomber.