U.S. Military Sources: Iran Has Missing Stealth Drone...

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    Iran appears to be in possession of one of America's most sophisticated weapons, a super-secret spy plane whose stealth technology is the same as the drone used to monitor the compound during the raid that killed Usama bin Laden, U.S. military sources told Fox News on Monday.

    Military sources confirmed that the Iranians have the RQ-170 drone, which is so advanced that the U.S. Air Force has not distributed even a photo of it. However, they did not say that the Iranians shot down the spy plane, as was reported by Iran's official IRNA news agency.

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    IRNA quoted an unidentified Iranian military official saying Sunday that the spy plane was shot down by Iran's armed forces and suffered minor damage.. The official also warned of strong and crushing response to any violations of the country's airspace by American drone aircraft.

    Earlier, the U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan issued a statement saying the aircraft may have been a drone that operators lost contact with last week while it was flying a mission over neighboring western Afghanistan.

    A U.S. official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the classified nature of the incident, said the U.S. had "absolutely no indication" that the drone was shot down.

    Iran is locked in a dispute with the U.S. and its allies over Tehran's disputed nuclear program, which the West believes is aimed at developing nuclear weapons. Iran denies the accusations, saying its nuclear program is entirely peaceful and that it seeks to generate electricity and produce isotopes to treat medical patients.



    Read more: U.S. Military Sources: Iran Has Missing U.S. Drone | Fox News
     
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    It seems like very quietly the War with Iran has already begun.
     
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    A couple of thing Paul to consider. Iran on a Routine basis makes claims to have shot down U.S. Drones or have them, but have yet to produce one. The other thing worth noting is this, the RQ-170 is an autonomous UAV and generally operates at around 50,000 ft. and made of composites, so if it were shot down from that altutude there would not be much left of the aircraft other than very small parts to even worry about, and because the Air Force has indicated that their operators << key word lost contact with a drone in that area it's more than likely a Reaper or Predator which we have lost several of. Unless Iran produces one, I rather doubt they have one in their posession , because if they had indeed landed one as they claim, then Al Jazeera would have it all over the Air in the Middle East.
     
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    When Russia and China start mass-producing them then we'll know how stupid we were to put our best drones over the ME. Our tax dollars being wasted. If Panetta wants more, the answer is NO.
     
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    So our tax dollars are better put to use building something that we don't use?
     
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    In assault variant will perform on the SKAT indistinguishable pattern of a flying wing with no tail, with an internal deployment of the combat load and one engine inlet at the top of the head of the fuselage. SKAT takeoff weight is estimated at 10 tons, payload mass (target equipment and weapons) - 1-3 m, maximum speed may 1100 km / h, ceiling - 16 km, and the duration of the flight - 6 hours
    Unified by 60-70% with the modified version of the combat reconnaissance vehicle and RLD differ, in addition to using other systems of equipment, the use of high aspect ratio wing panel and tail module.

    The load-bearing body of the aircraft in terms of a triangle with a sweep angle on the front edges of about 54 degrees. The same sweep are made with zero restriction console wing with cut at 90 degrees to the front and rear edges of the wingtips. In general, throughout the guise of a Stingray at the top and bottom there is a tendency to build all of the external contour of the airframe, the joints of panels, valves and hatches niches all along several parallel axes, which meets the requirements of reducing the radar visibility.

    MiG SKAT Unmanned Aerial Fighting Aircraft | Russian Military Analysis

    When you look at the aircraft it looks pretty much the same as the RQ170 , in short Russia and China already have a whole host of UAV's as well as UCAVS. The trend in aviation is towards more of these types of aircraft and in fact some in the aviation industry are saying that the F-35 may in fact be the last manned US Fighter. That is not something I agree with, because I come from a time when they told us we only needed missiles for air to air combat which resulted in the F-4 without a gun, we found out different in Southeast Asia.
     
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    China and Russia already have everything we have, Iran lies constantly, WW3 alarmists secretly want it to happen.
     
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    Besides the war with Iran started in 1979........ Just sayin.........
     
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    The military has confirmed it is the RQ-170 Drone in the OP and Iran does have it.
     
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    Two cruise missiles targeting the Shazand refinery and one for the Presidential Palace.
     

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