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Russia and China Want US RQ-170 Secret Drone, Iran's Price is High!
Moscow has disclosed the high price set by Iran's, Gen. Ali Jaafari, which includes advanced nuclear and missile technology, especially systems using solid fuel, and the S-300PMU-1 air defense system, which Moscow has consistently refused to sell Tehran due to pressure from NATO. Israeli quickly dispatched its Russian speaking ambassador to confer with President Putin and to dissuade him from sending the S-300 batteries. However, Putin basically rebuffed the Israeli ambassador after a very short meeting where nothing was agreed to nor accomplished. President Obama approved of the Israeli attempt and even attempted to contact Putin, which failed. US intelligence now suspects that it was Russian ECM measures or actual Russian trainers that used Russian ECM measures to take control of the US drone from its operators. Moscow is deeply involved in helping Iran repel the next and most critical stage of the cyber war that was to have been launched on the day the US UAV was brought down. The question is why?
There is resurgence of Russian nationalistic pride especially directed at the USA. Russia, the Bear from the North (noted in the Book of Revelations), feels the friendship between the USA and Russia has been betrayed on some levels and want to restart the competition of the cold war. If it was Russian ECM measures that seized control of the drone, that is a major breakthrough for them and puts all US drones in those areas at risk. Russian military technology has always been one step behind the West, but not all the time. Russia could export this capability to Pakistan also and really cause issues with US drones.
The S300 batteries that Iran wants are sophisticated and could cause problems with enemy air attacks. As for China, the rising of the dragon, this drone would provide them a quantum leap in stealth technology and other equipment. They had a taste of it when the US stealth helicopter crashed in Pakistan. But, Iran will probably deal with Russia, they have for years and want key items from them. From China, they might just want money and more anti-ship missiles.