USAF Reveals New Stealth Drone

The Air Force has revealed it has a new stealth reconnaissance drone, the RQ-170 Sentinel, in a brief release Friday night. On Monday, Pentagon officials confirmed for Daily Report that the aircraft is the same one that has shown up twice in the French press as a “mystery” airplane photographed in the vicinity of Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. According to USAF, the service “is developing” the unmanned aircraft system “to provide reconnaissance and surveillance support to forward-deployed combat forces” and was built by Lockheed Martin’s Skunkworks. The Air Force said the aircraft is operated by the 30th Reconnaissance Squadron, a flight test squadron activated in September 2005 at Tonopah Test Range, Nev., the same location where the F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter was secretly based and flown for 17 years. Lockheed Martin and Air Combat Command, which oversees the 30th RS, declined to comment on the aircraft.