Darren Lake, of Shephard’s Unmanned Vehicles magazine, reported yesterday that he has obtained a photo showing a mysterious new aircraft operating in Afghanistan. The UV staff published an artist’s drawing of the photo (above).
By Darren Lake
Amongst the distinctive features of the type is the ‘fat’ wingchord, and a large central fuselage fairing. The aircraft engine nozzleis the same half moon shape as the Lockheed P175 Pole Cat, but the wingis not cranked on its trailing edge like the Pole Cat is.
The fuselage fairing could support a large squared off intake, butis more likely to house a large satellite communications and sensormix. Two large blisters either side of the central fairing are likelyto the intakes for a single turbofan engine.
…The large doors inboard of the main landing gear may be bomb bay doors, indicating a strike capability for the type.