As Friedman notes, the world is FLAT when it comes to technology. No country can be more than a few months ahead of any other countries because every scientific and technology advancement is well documented and distributed to the entire world very quickly. This is the downside of global trade and the global communication network (Internet). I regularly hear from my colleges around the world about all the latest technology. There are no secrets anymore because everyone always wants the "fame" for their discoveries. Note that most of the technical data on the drones is well documented in the military technology press, that is how I know the CPUs, operating systems, etc in the drones and why they are so easy to crack.
5 wounded Syrians rushed to northern Israeli hospital (Haaretz)
from the article: Russia and China seek info on U.S. drone downed in Iran