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Author Topic: US Air Force confirms 'Beast of Kandahar' drone  (Read 988 times)
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« on: December 08, 2009, 09:00:37 PM »

Dammit, Mia, I thought we were all friends here.  You're supposed to tell us about stuff like this! :-)

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WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US Air Force on Tuesday confirmed for the first time that it is flying a stealth unmanned aircraft known as the "Beast of Kandahar," a drone spotted in photos and shrouded in secrecy.

The RQ-170 Sentinel is being developed by Lockheed Martin and is designed "to provide reconnaissance and surveillance support to forward deployed combat forces," the air force said in a brief statement.

The "RQ" prefix for the aircraft indicates an unarmed drone, unlike the "MQ" designation used for Predator and Reaper aircraft equipped with missiles and precision-guided bombs.

Aviation experts dubbed the drone the "Beast of Kandahar" after photographs emerged earlier this year showing the mysterious aircraft in southern Afghanistan in 2007.

The image suggested a drone with a radar-evading stealth-like design, resembling a smaller version of a B-2 bomber.

More: http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20091208/pl_afp/usaviationmilitarydrones_20091208212912
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