Tag Archives | RQ-170

SPOTTED: RQ-170′s (almost) fact-less fact sheet

The US Air Force has quietly posted an online fact sheet for the RQ-170 Sentinel (aka Beast of Kandahar), but it is disappointing: no specifications, few facts and, alas, no picture.The full text: RQ-170 SENTINEL Fact Sheet Tool  Printable Fact Sheet MissionThe RQ-170 is a low observable unmanned aircraft system (UAS) beingdeveloped, tested and fielded by […]

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RQ-170 not intended to replace Predators and Reapers

Okay, no more MQ-X talk about the RQ-170 Sentinel.I interviewed USAF Col Eric Mathewson this morning after he spoke on a panel for an Army unmanned aircraft system (UAS) conference. Mathewson is the USAF’s director of the UAS task force. His job is to bet the ball rolling on the MQ-X program, which could start […]

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That other stealthy, jet-powered UAV from Palmdale

When General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) unveiled the Avenger last spring, it seemed the entrepreneurial outfit that has made a fortune selling Predators and Reapers to the US Air Force had once again beaten the competition to a lucrative new market: stealthy, jet-powered, tactical-level unmanned aircraft systems.Well, now we know the US Air Force […]

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Questions raised by full text of USAF RQ-170 statement

As reported first on Ares and later here, the US Air Force has confirmed the existence of a stealthy unmanned aircraft system called the RQ-170.Below is the full text of the statement emailed to journalists on Friday evening. The United States Air Force is developing a stealthyunmanned aircraft system (UAS) to provide reconnaissance and surveillancesupport […]

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Ares blog identifies Kandahar UAV [Update]

Update 8:17: USAF Fact Sheet says the 30th RS was re-activated on September 1, 2005. Update 8:11pm: The USAF identifies the RQ-170 belonging to the 30th Reconnaissance Squadron. I have found an Associated Press story, dated March 22, 2006, that says the 30th squadron was established in August 2005. It’s not clear how long it […]

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