That mystery bird shaped drone

A video clip from Kalam TV has come to light of the ‘capture’ of the mystery drone in Pakistan. It would seem a little more sophisticated than a simple home made job. can’t find how to embed it.

This particular bit caught our eye.

Lots more markings that seem to point to this not being the only system of its sort around.  We think that used to sit inside the airframe in the large hole that is pretty obvious in the video. Could it be a blown military LiPo?

Feel free to email us if you know what it is.

Many forums and websites, even this news report are putting pictures of the Festo Smartbird up, its certainly not one of those.

  22 comments for “That mystery bird shaped drone

  1. Kevo
    1 September 2011 at 4:27 am

    It was dated on August 10, and only Americans write dates like that.

    • Cory Webb
      1 September 2011 at 11:13 pm

      It could be dated October 8 2011, which would indicate it is not American, and also it is from the future.

    • Joshua
      2 September 2011 at 2:32 pm

      Come on Kevo, that logic only works with dates >12. It was a hardy boys moment that fell sort of flat.

  2. 1 September 2011 at 9:16 am

    My thoughts exactly, no great rush to come forward with what it might be from anyone….

  3. Rob
    1 September 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Could it be a blue landing airbag you see in the picture.

  4. 1 September 2011 at 7:35 pm

    The online world is amazing, crazy_albatros over at Reddit tells us that

    FMC = Fully Mission Capable
    so this thing was inspected and is FMC as of 10 Aug 2011

    Obvious really I suppose.

    • Anonymous Coward
      1 September 2011 at 11:19 pm

      Obvious except that it would most likely say “10 Aug 2011” or “10 Aug 11” if it were military, not “08/10/11”.

      • Robert Placencia
        2 September 2011 at 3:24 pm

        I agree, just about everyone in the military I know writes dates in the form of 10 Aug 11 not 08/10/11. Unless it was inspected by a civilian who hadn’t ever served in the military.

  5. 1 September 2011 at 10:30 pm

    Reminds me of a vid from Ted

  6. 1 September 2011 at 10:33 pm
  7. ashwinrs
    1 September 2011 at 11:35 pm

    May be the uav was meant to be found by pakistanis. May be the US has equipment in the salvaged UAV to track and get intel to who all gets the access to see the plane(read chinese). When the stealth black hawk went down during project osama, the remain of the heli was shown to chinese military.

  8. Charlie
    1 September 2011 at 11:45 pm

    FMC is Fnord Motor Company. Also the initials of the guy who wrote that date.

  9. zurk
    2 September 2011 at 12:07 am
  10. Sean Austin
    2 September 2011 at 12:17 am

    “FMC” are the initials of the individual who ispected the unit, and that is a civilian date. us military standard would have read “10AUG2011”.

  11. Johnson Carmobile
    2 September 2011 at 1:20 am

    Obvious, or meant to be obvious…

  12. 2 September 2011 at 1:56 am

    Too blurry to read, but the box above the masking tape with the date on it looks like a sort of serial number plate. For example: Not only does that indicate something that’s being mass produced, but the “serial number,” if that’s what it is, appears to be three digits.

  13. Donald Turner
    2 September 2011 at 2:04 am

    And wookies live on kysshek.

  14. Cleric
    2 September 2011 at 2:42 am

    It’s a Theiss Aviation UAV. There’s a few pictures of the earlier prototype on the internet.

  15. Leo
    2 September 2011 at 3:43 am

    The date isn’t in the correct format to be US military.

  16. Dialla Ingalis
    2 September 2011 at 5:13 am

    That is a army short range drone, there are videos of these being used on training ops in the United States. Forget the company who makes them but they talk about it in the videos.

    These videos are on the net, most likely youtube but could be one of the other video sites as well. Been a while since I watched the video.

    They are real short range, line of sight control only.

    The idea of this drone is scouting ahead of a larger unit to ensure they don’t come into contact with a larger force or what they aren’t looking to engage. Looks like it did its job well.

    • AO
      2 September 2011 at 1:09 pm

      But if it’s a short site drone, then it means they are not that far away…

      Lots of cool stuff going on in Afghanistan/Pakistan that barely no one knows about but only a select few. It’s pretty awesome…

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