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Iran: We will reverse engineer RQ-170

Iran Press TV reports this evening: Iran has announced that it intends to carry out reverse engineering on the captured RQ-170 Sentinel stealth aircraft, which is also known as the Beast of Kandahar, and is similar in design to a US Air Force B-2 stealth bomber. We have a few thoughts for our friends in […]

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PICTURE: China’s Wind Blade UAV revealed

What was the joke around the office almost the instant after Iran announced possession of an RQ-170 Sentinel?“Look for the RQ-170 copy at the Zhuhai [air show] next year.”If you’ll forgive the streak of cynicism, it seemed at the time like a fair swipe at the reverse-engineering skills and loose intellectual property safeguards in both […]

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Avtobaza: Iran’s weapon in alleged RQ-170 affair?

Could this be the smoking electron in the alleged unmanned air vehicle (UAV) incident over Iran? The original reports that Iran “shot down” a Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel appear to be misleading. Iranian news agency reports credited the army’s electronic warfare unit with bringing down the UAV, but apparently in a way that limited the […]

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BREAKING: Iran claims RQ-170 kill

The official Iran Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) is reporting that national military forces have shot down a US Lockheed Martin RQ-170 stealth unmanned air system. The aircraft sustained “little damage” and is in the possession of the Iranian military, IRNA reports.Iranian news agency claims always have to be taken with some degree of scepticism. […]

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REPORT: RQ-170 spied over Osama bin Laden’s bed last night

The killing of Osama bin Laden reportedly included a starring role for the Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel — the stealth unmanned aircraft system (UAS) acknowledged to exist by the US Air Force on 16 months ago.The National Journal’s Marc Ambinder got the scoop about 1am this morning, when he tweeted: “US Joint Special Operations Command […]

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PHOTO: Latest RQ-170 leak reveals new design secret

The Secret Projects forum has leaked a new series of images of the US Air Force’s Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel. One of the images for the first time offers the clearest view yet of the RQ-170′s nose, which reveals inlet shape as an isosceles trapezoid. The basic shape is not uncommon for such flying-wing, stealthy […]

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Michael Yon captures RQ-170 at Kandahar

About six months ago, intrepid mil-blogger Michael Yon posted a comment on this blog below an item showing a new photo of an Northrop Grumman X-47B. Yon wrote:“I saw something like that land at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. (Maybe was something else, but looked very similar.)”Close, Michael, but not quite. The X-47B still hasn’t flown yet. […]

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#AUVSI: Skunk Works elaborates on UAVs

Lockheed Martin’s advanced development programs division — aka Skunk Works — has chosen AUVSI to lift the curtain on two previously internal concepts for new unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).The multi-purpose long-endurance (MPLE=pronounced “maple”) was identified on this blog on Monday, but only by acronym. The artist’s concept of the twin-boomed UAV with a high-aspect ratio […]

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Phantom Ray vs RQ-170 Sentinel

What did Boeing Advanced Systems President Daryl Davis think when the US Air Force revealed the existence of the RQ-170 Sentinel a few months ago — particularly since his unit is working its own stealthy unmanned air system (UAS) called Phantom Ray?Davis gamely attempted today to answer that question on a teleconference call with reporters […]

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PHOTO: RQ-170 half-frontal view

Militaryphotos.net has posted the clearest frontal view yet of the RQ-170, courtesy of the latest issue of Combat Aircraft monthly magazine. The US Air Force still refuses to release official photos of the Skunk Works project, so we have to rely on these shots from the aviation paparazzi. This particular shot appeared in the latest […]

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