Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel
RQ-170 Sentinel, or "All" ("Observer"), is an unmanned aerial vehicle, created with the use of American technology "Stealth". Projecting - flying wing. Marking «R» refers to a method of using the plane - Reconnaissance, Intelligence. A «Q» stands for unmanned.
The history of the UAV
Unmanned vehicles developed Skunkworks - A special team from the US company Lockheed Martin. At the moment, for a general overview there is little information, because the unit is basically classified. We only know that a wingspan of about twenty meters. It have built special sensors.
Official existence of a new UAV USAF confirmed 4 2009 year in December. RQ-170 Sentinel is developing a secret, so the main performance characteristics drone is still unknown. Additional information data information surfaced that the mechanism design and construction of the UAV is much harder and more famous unmanned Predator. A special non-metallic coating makes it almost invisible in different wavelength ranges. If we believe to the American newspaper TheWashingtonPost, this development has cost the US Defense Department six million dollars.
Naturally, exploiting its only US Air Force Air Combat Command Mopona directly at the site in Nevada. At the armed UAV took 14 September 2005 year 30-th reconnaissance squadron.
The history knows only two applications of this device razdelyvatelnogo. RQ-170 Sentinel was first spotted at the base, stationed in Kandahar, Afghanistan. In 2007 year it was used as a refuge for the observer of the world famous terrorist Osama bin Laden. Directly involved in the UAV operation in Abbottabad on the Elimination of American special forces leader of the terrorist group "Al Qaeda."
Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel video
The second known case occurred in Iran. In early December, the 2011 one unit RQ-170 Sentinel disappeared in western Afghanistan. For reasons unknown to the UAV it lost contact, and it disappeared from the radar. At the same time, Iranian authorities said that they shot down a US drone. In response, the United States refutes this information. After some time in the world press reported that Iranian air defense were able to neutralize the American UAVs using Russian means of electronic intelligence. However, it was a fiction, since as even 2012 year in Russia there was no such equipment. Conducted in the Astrakhan region of the Russian troops EW tests showed the hopelessness of trying to suppress the technology GPS signals opponent.
Yet in December 2011 years on television in Iran showed footage of an American drone, however, no visible damage to the eye.
12 December, President of America B. Obama appealed to Iranian authorities to return the RQ-170 Sentinel back to the representative of the Iranian Foreign Ministry gave a negative answer. After a short amount of time, Iran has declared its desire to create a drone-based sample of the US, and Iranian production model will greatly exceed the US base. Six months later, in April, the head of the IRGC Aerospace Division (Revolutionary Guards) Amir Ali Hajizadeh said in the rank of General of the completion of the full copy of the American drone by Iranian experts. He also said that work began on the construction of an exact copy. In response, US Defense Secretary L. Panetta expressed his doubts about the possibility of such.
RQ-170 Sentinel features:
Length: 14 ft 9 in (4.5 m)
Wingspan: 65 ft 7 in (19.99 m)
Height: 6 feet (1.8 m) estimated
Powerplant: 1 × Garrett TFE731 or turbofan General Electric TF34
Service ceiling: 50,000 feet (15,000 m)
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