Mystery UCAV spotted in Afghanistan?



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).

Mystery UAV operating in Afghanistan

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.


Subscribe to our e-mail newsletter to receive updates.

, ,

7 Responses to Mystery UCAV spotted in Afghanistan?

  1. Dave 10 April, 2009 at 6:07 pm #

    I suppose its possible… I remember reports of a “mystery” UAV early in the Iraq war too. How credible is the source?

  2. airplanejim 10 April, 2009 at 6:54 pm #

    Thanks Steve for this story. It is relevant and sure beats the latest video Jon has loaded to his blog.

  3. Stephen Trimble 10 April, 2009 at 7:02 pm #

    Well, thanks, but I liked that video!

  4. Steve Fortson 12 April, 2009 at 11:18 pm #

    Someone that has a lot of knowledge of Area 51 and UAV projects suggested this could be the Lockheed Desert Prowler. There have been two patches seen relating to it, but no information about it.

  5. ME 21 April, 2009 at 3:07 pm #

    With those wing cut-lines and If that was capable of carrying a 1000 pounder, that artists impression looks remarkably similar to the U99 study developed at Cranfield University.

  6. LSWONE 3 June, 2009 at 7:58 pm #

    This is the SkunkWorks’ Pole cat! One of the test pilots at BlackBird Park told me with a smirk that it crashed back in 04.

  7. Steve Fortson 5 December, 2009 at 5:25 am #

    RQ-170 Sentinel.

Leave a Reply