Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel is a stealth UAV fitted with aerial reconnaissance equipment operated by the United States Air Force (USAF) for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Never heard much about it? Well that’s because the USAF has kept it that way by disclosing little to none pertaining to the capabilities as well as the design of the UAV. This UAV is said to be operating out of Creech Air Force Base, Nevada, USA. -
Developed by Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Development Projects Divison (Skunkworks), the UAV shares several design similarities with earlier UAVs manufactured by the company. This high altitude UAV is presumed to function autonomously and also be controlled manually -
Two pods, presumed to be space for SATCOMs, are noticed on each wing. An electro-optic camera is fixed below the front section of the fuselage to capture real time imagery or videos and using the installed direct satellite communication antenna, transfers it to the Ground Control Station.
Wingspan - upto 26 metres
Length - Approx. 5 metres
Engine - Assumed to be a GE or Honeywell -
Tagged as the “Beast of Kandahar”, since it’s sighting around the Kandahar International Airport during it’s deployment to Afghanistan. In late 2011, the Iranian army had said to have captured a Sentinel and copied it’s design and mechanics further adding their own touch of military arms to the UAV. -