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Message par alain57 Mar 14 Avr 2009 - 0:22

Mystery UAV operating in Afghanistan....terrain d'essai pour nouveaux drones...??

http://www.shephard.co.uk/news/2393/mystery-uav-operating-in-afghanistan/

cliquer sur le lien en bas a droite pour voir l'image......
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Message par jullienaline Mer 2 Déc 2009 - 13:55

Bonjour à tous,

Un drone mystérieux continue d'intriguer sur la base de Kandahar en Afghanistan. Est-ce un black program américain ? Qu'est-ce donc ces bossages sur l'extrados de chaque aile ?
Beaucoup de questions.

Un drone mystérieux à Kandahar...

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Quel est cet engin, photographié récemment sur la base de Kandahar, dans le sud de l'Afghanistan ? Un drone assurément et de nouvelle génération qui plus est. Selon un témoignage, l'engin sort peu et regagne aussitôt un hangar américain. Pour le reste, mystère !
Le magazine en ligne Unmanned Vehicles évoquait en avril dernier un "mystery UAV operating in Afghanistan", un drone mystère opérant en Afghanistan. Il ressemblerait au P175 Polecat de Lockheed-Martin, mais il s'agirait d'un autre modèle de drone de combat américain, même si certains envisagent qu'il puisse s'agir d'un modèle britannique. Air et Cosmos avait évoqué un tel programme secret (black program).
Unmanned Vehicles a publié une vue d'artiste de cet engin, que nous reproduisons ci-dessous.
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(Nous publions cette photo sans garantie sur son origine, impossible à vérifier)

http://secretdefense.blogs.liberation.fr/defense/2009/12/un-drone-myst%C3%A9rieux-%C3%A0-kandahar.html

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Message par jullienaline Sam 5 Déc 2009 - 19:26

Bonjour à tous,

Apparemment, devant la publication de cette photo, l'US Air Force n'a pu que dévoiler le nom de l'appareil.
Pas de spécification pour l'instant, juste le nom et le fait qu'il est furtif.
Mais utiliser un drone furtif à partir de l'Afghanistan, cela interroge.

L'US Air Force dévoile son drone secret : c'est un RQ-170 Sentinel !


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La photo d'un drone secret, publiée mardi sur ce blog, a fait le tour du monde des passionnés d'aviation. Le magazine américain Aviation Week a fini par obtenir hier soir cette information auprès de l'US Air Force : ce drone est un RQ 170 Sentinel de Lockheed-Martin qui opère à partir de Kandahar, dans le sud de l'Afghanistan.
L'USAF reconnait "développer un drone furtif pour fournir des capacités de reconnaissance et de surveillance aux forces déployées". Le RQ-170 est mis en oeuvre par le 30ème escadron de reconnaissance de Tonopah Test Range, dans le Nevada. Ce programme est ce que les spécialistes appellent un Skunk Work, l'un des programmes secrets de la firme Lockheed. Cet engin avait été observé, de loin et dans de mauvaises conditions, en 2007.
La designation RQ signifie Reconnaissance (R) et Drone (Q). La Sentinel ne semble donc pas être armé (indicatif M) comme le sont les Predator ou Reaper. Son envergure serait d'une vingtaine de mètres.
Ses formes en font, comme le reconnait l'USAF, un engin furtif. Quel intérêt d'utiliser un appareil discret au dessus de l'Afghanistan ? A priori aucun, dans la mesure où les insurgés ne possèdent aucun système de détection radar et de capacités d'interception d'appareils volant à haute altitude. Il est donc probable qu'il soit destiné à d'autres théâtres d'opérations à partir de Kandahar. Regardez une carte : les pays intéressants ne manquent pas dans la région...


http://secretdefense.blogs.liberation.fr/defense/2009/12/lus-air-force-d%C3%A9voile-son-drone-secret-cest-un-rq-170-sentinel-.html

L'information est venue d'Aviation Week

USAF Confirms Stealthy UAV Operations

Dec 4, 2009

David A. Fulghum davef@aviationweek.com
Bill Sweetman william_sweetman@aviationweek.com
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The U.S. Air Force has confirmed to Aviation Week the existence of the so-called "Beast of Kandahar" UAV, a stealth-like remotely piloted jet seen flying out of Afghanistan in late 2007.
The RQ-170 Sentinel, believed to be a tailless flying wing design with sensor pods faired into the upper surface of each wing, was developed by Lockheed Martin's Advanced Development Programs (ADP), better known as Skunk Works. An Air Force official revealed Dec. 4 that the service is "developing a stealthy unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to provide reconnaissance and surveillance support to forward deployed combat forces."
The UAV had been discussed on the Ares technology blog, as well as elsewhere online, but the USAF statement to Aviation Week was the first to detail the aircraft.
"The fielding of the RQ-170 aligns with Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates' request for increased intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) support to the combatant commanders and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz's vision for an increased USAF reliance on unmanned aircraft," says the emailed statement.
The RQ-170 is flown by the 30th Reconnaissance Squadron at Tonopah Test Range, Nev. - home of the F-117 stealth fighter when the program's existence was secret - and falls under Air Combat Command's 432d Wing at Creech Air Force Base, Nev. At Kandahar, the Sentinel was seen operating out of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems' hangar.
The 30th RS was activated as part of the 57th Operations Group on Sept. 1, 2005, and a squadron patch was approved July 17, 2007. The activation - although not the full meaning of the event - was noted among those who watch for signs of activity in the classified world.
The RQ-170 designation is similar to that of the F-117 - a correct prefix, but out of sequence to avoid obvious guesses of a program's existence. Technically, the RQ designation denotes an unarmed aircraft rather than the MQ prefix applied to the armed Predator and Reaper UAVs. The USAF phrase, "Support to forward deployed combat forces," when combined with observed details, suggest a moderate degree of stealth (including a blunt leading edge, simple nozzle and overwing sensor pods) and that the Sentinel is a tactical, operations-oriented platform and not a strategic intelligence-gathering design.
Many questions remain about the aircraft's use. If it is a high-altitude aircraft it is painted an unusual color - medium grey overall, like Predator or Reaper, rather then the dark gray or overall black that provides the best concealment at very high altitudes. The wingspan appears to be about 65-ft., about the same as an MQ-9 Reaper. With only a few Internet images to judge from - all taken from the left side - the impression is of a deep, fat centerbody blended into the outer wings.
With its low-observable design, the aircraft might be useful for flying the borders of Iran and peering into China, India and Pakistan for useful data about missile tests, telemetry as well as gathering signals and multi-spectral intelligence.
http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/generic/story_generic.jsp?channel=defense&id=news/BEAST120409.xml&headline=USAF%20Confirms%20Stealthy%20UAV%20Operations


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Message par Poncho (Admin) Dim 6 Déc 2009 - 14:33

Bonjour à tous

En complément

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In french in the text :

Basé à Toponah tout comme le F117 a ses débuts

Envergure similaire à celle du MQ9 Reaper soit presque 20 m quand même. Ca fait bcp pour une aile volante.

Pour mémoire le B2 fait un peu plus de 50 m d'envergure.

Des questions sur l'utilisation de ce drone

Je repointe vers le lien de Secret defense

http://secretdefense.blogs.liberation.fr/defense/2009/12/lus-air-force-d%C3%A9voile-son-drone-secret-cest-un-rq-170-sentinel-.html

Les commentaires valent le détour

Parmi les questions :

Kandahar est suffisamment près de l'Iran non ?
Là où le Stealth peut se justifier non ?

Je m'égare peut-être

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Message par Poncho (Admin) Mar 8 Déc 2009 - 21:31

Bonsoir à tous

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RQ-170 Has Links to Intelligence Loss to China
Posted by David A. Fulghum at 12/8/2009 10:57 AM CST

The same week, Air Force officials revealed that a stealthy, all-jet RQ-170 remotely piloted aircraft had flown in Afghanistan, and its top intelligence officer said his number one priority was a larger, longer-range strike-reconnaissance aircraft.

Both events have their origins in experimental and prototype unmanned aircraft developed as a result of the internment of a U.S. Navy EP-3E electronic surveillance aircraft on April Fool's Day in 2001 and the compromise of the intelligence information on board.

The RQ-170 design has linkages to earlier programs at Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Development Programs including the stealthy DarkStar and Polecat UAVs. It is a tailless flying wing whose upper surfaces have conformal sensor and/or communications pods faired into each side outboard of a capacious centerline fuselage.

“Dark Star didn't die when Lockheed Martin [retired the airframe for being too small and short-ranged],” said a now-retired company executive last week. “It just got classified.”

These recent revelations also reflect the battle to balance how the military wants to fight now in Afghanistan against how it wants to fight elsewhere in the future. Part of the test will come in the next 18 months as about 150,000 U.S. and allied troops will try to break the offensive capabilities of the Taliban and al Qaeda in Afghanistan and new technologies will be brought into play. The rest will involve the Air Force’s investment in advanced technologies.

“We cannot move into a future without a platform that allows [us] to project power long distances and to meet advanced threats in a fashion that gives us an advantage that no other nation has,” says Lt. Gen. Dave Deptula, deputy chief of staff for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. “We can’t walk away from that capability.”

For example, surveillance aircraft can see a lot more, farther and better with technologies like long wave infrared if the platform can operate at 50,000 ft. or higher. In comparison, the RC-135S Cobra Ball, RC-135W Rivet Joint and E-8C Joint Stars manned surveillance aircraft are all limited to an altitude of less than 30,000 ft. – sometimes well under. Additionally, the multi-spectral technology to examine the chemical content of rocket plumes has been miniaturized to fit easily on a much smaller, unmanned aircraft. Other sensors of interest are electronically scanned array radars, low-probability of intercept synthetic aperture radars and signals intelligence.

Follow the landing of a damaged Navy EP-3E in China, in early 2001 Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld called a classified, all-day session of those with responsibilities for “Sensitive Reconnaissance Operations.” (AW&ST, June 4, 2001, p. 30) They discussed how to avoid future embarrassing and damaging losses of classified equipment, documents or aircrews without losing the ability to monitor the military forces and capabilities of important countries like China. Their leading option was to start a new, stealthy, unmanned reconnaissance program that would field 12-24 aircraft. Air Combat Command, then led by Gen. John Jumper, wanted a very low-observable, high-altitude UAV that could penetrate air defense, fly 1,000 nau. mi. to a target, loiter for 8 hr. and return to base.

During the invasion of Iraq in 2003, a UAV described as a derivative of DarkStar was being prepared and was said by several officials to have been used operationally in prototype form. (AW&ST, July 7, 2003, p.20 and March 15, 2004, p.35) “It’s the same concept as DarkStar, it’s stealthy, and it uses the same apertures and data links,” said an Air Force official at the time. “Only it’s bigger,” said a Navy official. “It’s still far from a production aircraft, but the Air Force wanted to go ahead and get it out there.” The classified UAV’s operation caused consternation among U-2 pilots who noticed high-flying aircraft operating within several miles of their routes over Iraq. Flights of the mysterious aircraft were not coordinated with those of other manned and unmanned surveillance units.

There is great interest in how the U.S. now leverages its black- and white-world UAVs and RPAs to maintain a watch over the vast and rugged areas of Afghanistan with a relatively small NATO force. The revitalized conflict in Afghanistan will be largely a ground war with airpower serving as flying artillery, rapid off-road transport and as a wide-ranging reconnaissance force.


Les racines du RQ-170 :

- L'internement en chine d'un EP3E suite à un abordage en vol
- Amélioration des performances de détection en gagnant de l'altitude

Le RQ-170 est issu des Polecat et Darkstar

Les specs d'origine sont les suivantes :

- Patrouille de 8h à 1000 Nm

Encore une fois, je ne restitue qu'une partie de l'article (un peu long à traduire pour moi...)

Avis !

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Message par Poncho (Admin) Ven 11 Déc 2009 - 10:00

Bonjour à tous

Des compléments sur le RQ-170

http://www.flightglobal.com/blogs/the-dewline/2009/12/rq-170-not-intended-to-replace.html



RQ-170 not intended to replace Predators and Reapers

Okay, no more MQ-X talk about the RQ-170 Sentinel.

I interviewed USAF Col Eric Mathewson this morning after he spoke on a panel for an Army unmanned aircraft system (UAS) conference. Mathewson is the USAF's director of the UAS task force. His job is to bet the ball rolling on the MQ-X program, which could start replacing Predators and Reapers in a few years with a more automated and flexible platform.

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI) has unveiled a stealthy jet-powered UAS called Avenger in anticipation of an MQ-X requirement. The RQ-170 also is a stealthy jet-powered UAV. So it seems fair to ask Mathewson if MQ-X is really necessary if the RQ-170 can do the job.

Surprisingly, Mathewson answered my question very clearly. Although he couldn't speak about the RQ-170's abilities, the aircraft is "different" than what the USAF desires for a next-generation platform. "MQ-X is completely separate from RQ-170," he said. For one thing, the USAF isn't sure how much stealth it needs for MQ-X.

The USAF isn't even sure yet if MQ-X should be powered by a jet or a turboprop, he said. That detail will be decided in the year-long analysis of alternatives that is set to begin soon. Mathewson openly entertained the idea of developing an aircraft that could swap out jet and turboprop engines.

But ... is that even possible? I asked.

"I don't know. I'm not engineer. You ask me, and I say we can do anything. But you have to push the envelope," Mathewson said.

Back on the RQ-170, something about the revelation of a secretly-developed aircraft turns adults into school kids, yours truly included. "Isn't it cool?" Mathewson asked.

I agreed. But I noted it would be even cooler if the USAF would release a clear photo of the Sentinel. All we have in the public domain are grainy shots taken from a distance, like a tabloid shot of a celebrity on holiday with their children.

"Have you asked public affairs?" he suggested.

Yes.

"What did they say?"

No.

Alas, Mathewson either couldn't help, or wasn't inclined. On a hunch, I sent an email to the USAF press desk, re-submitting my request for a publishable photo of the Sentinel.

More disappointment.

"At this time the AF is not releasing any photography of the RQ-170," came the quick reply by email.

Oh, well. Maybe next week.

Meanwhile, check out Secret Defense blog's latest post (Google translated version). The author asks whether Lockheed's designers may have been by the Horton Ho229. It seems highly implausible to me, but worth a read.


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Message par jullienaline Sam 12 Déc 2009 - 0:08

Bonsoir à tous,

Une nouvelle photo sous un angle intéressant :

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http://www.fightercontrol.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=287&t=3667

L'envergure parait vraiment importante. Certaines sources disent 80 pieds (24,5 m).

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Message par Poncho (Admin) Lun 14 Déc 2009 - 8:46

Bonjour à tous

Merci Jullienaline

Les bossages sur les ailes semblent devoir abriter la charge utile

Beaucoup d'informations complémentaires ici


Dont un extrait


The U.S. has been flying a classified, stealthy, remotely piloted aircraft in Afghanistan. That single fact reveals the continued development of low-observable UAVs, hidden aspects of the surveillance buildup in Afghanistan, the footprint of an active “black aircraft world” that stretches to Southwest Asia, and links into the Pentagon’s next-generation recce bomber.

The mystery aircraft—once referred to as the Beast of Kandahar and now identified by the U.S. Air Force as a Lockheed Martin Skunk Works RQ-170 Sentinel—flew from Kandahar’s airport, where it was photographed at least twice in 2007. It shared a hangar with Predator and Reaper UAVs being used in combat operations. On Dec. 4, three days after declassification was requested, Aviation Week revealed the program on its web site. Like Predator and Reaper, the Sentinel is remotely piloted by aircrews—in this case the 30th Reconnaissance Sqdn. (RS) at Tonopah Test Range Airport in the northwest corner of the Nevada Test and Training Range.

The confirmation came the same week as the Air Force’s top intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) officer called for a new, stealth, jet-powered strike-reconnaissance aircraft that can meet the requirements of both irregular and conventional conflicts and strategic, peacetime information-gathering.

The demands of fighting an irregular war do not change the critical operational need for a stealthier, strategic-range, higher-payload, strike-reconnaissance aircraft, says Air Force Lt. Gen. Dave Deptula, deputy chief of staff for ISR.

The battle will be to balance the way the military wants to fight in Afghanistan now against how it wants to fight elsewhere in the future. Air Force officials want to keep those two needs from becoming widely divergent points in geography, technology and operational techniques. For the next 18 months, about 150,000 U.S. and allied troops will try to break the offensive capabilities of the Taliban and Al Qaeda in Afghan­istan, and new technologies will be brought into play.

“Don’t get enamored with current conditions,” Deptula cautions. “We don’t know what the future will bring.” While operations in Afghanistan will be “more complex than ever,” the future is “not only going to be about irregular warfare.”

Beyond 2011, the Air Force’s first priority and the destination of the next dollar to be spent “if I were king for a day,” Deptula says, “would be for long-range [reconnaissance and] precision strike. That’s the number-one need.

“We cannot move into a future without a platform that allows [us] to project power long distances and to meet advanced threats in a fashion that gives us an advantage that no other nation has,” he notes. “We can’t walk away from that capability.”

A next-generation design would be equally important as a stealthy ISR platform to greatly extend—through speed, endurance and stealth—the capability produced by putting electro-optical and infrared sensor packets on the B-1 and B-52 bombers for precise attacks on fleeting targets in Southwest Asia.

Surveillance aircraft can see a lot more (farther and better) with long-wave infrared if the platform can operate at 50,000 ft. or higher. The RC-135S Cobra Ball, RC-135W Rivet Joint and E-8C Joint Stars are all limited to flying lower than 30,000 ft. Moreover, the multispectral technology to examine the chemical content of rocket plumes has been miniaturized to fit easily on a much smaller aircraft. Other sensors of interest are electronically scanned array radars, low-probability-of-intercept synthetic aperture radars and signals intelligence.

In fact, combat in Afghanistan could have—if well planned—direct benefits for conventional wars. The target set for the new surge campaign includes “cohesive units without chains of command” that the U.S. and its allies need to “dominate and win [against] across the spectrum” of conflict, Deptula says.

That then brings the focus back to what has been going on at Tonopah.

The 30th RS falls under Air Combat Command’s 432nd Wing at Creech AFB, Nev., home of the MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 training and remote operations facilities. Tonopah is where classified projects—such as the F-117 fighter—are kept when they are still secret but have grown to a point where they cannot be easily accommodated at the Air Force’s “black” flight-test center at Groom Lake. Its operations are restricted by the need to prevent personnel cleared into any one program from observing other “sight-sensitive” test aircraft. The squadron was activated as part of the 57th Operations Group on Sept. 1, 2005, and a squadron patch was approved on July 17, 2007. The activation—although not the full meaning of the event—was noted among those who watch for signs of activity in the classified world.

The RQ-170 is a tailless flying wing design from Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Development Programs. It has a single engine and pronounced compound sweep on the leading and trailing edges. It is difficult to estimate the aircraft’s size, but one report suggests that the wingspan is similar to that of the Reaper at 66 ft. The high degree of blending and center-body depth would suggest a greater takeoff weight and thrust than the RQ-3 DarkStar, Lockheed Martin’s earlier stealth UAV, which was powered by a 1,900-lb.-thrust Williams FJ44 engine and weighed 8,500 lb.

A number of features suggest that the RQ-170 is a moderately stealthy design, without the DarkStar’s or Northrop Grumman X-47B’s extreme emphasis on low radar cross section (RCS). The leading edges do not appear to be sharp—normally considered essential for avoiding strong RCS glints—and it appears that the main landing gear door’s front and rear edges are squared off rather than being notched or aligned with the wing edges.

In addition, the exhaust is not shielded by the wing, and the wing is curved rather than angular. That suggests the Sentinel has been designed to avoid the use of highly sensitive technologies. As a single-engine UAV, vehicle losses are a statistical certainty. Ultra-stealthy UAVs—such as the never-completed Lockheed-Boeing Quartz for which DarkStar was originally a demonstrator—were criticized on the grounds they were “pearls too precious to wear”—because their use would be too restricted by the risk of compromising technology in the event of a loss.

The medium-gray color, similar to the Reaper’s, is a clue to performance. At extreme altitudes (above 60,000 ft.), very dark tones provide the best concealment even in daylight because there is little lighting behind the vehicle while it is illuminated by light scattered from moisture and particles in the air below it. The RQ-170 is therefore a mid-altitude platform, unlikely to operate much above 50,000 ft. This altitude also would have simplified the use of an off-the-shelf engine. General Electric has been working on a classified variant of its TF34 engine that appears to fit the thrust range of the RQ-170.

The overwing housings for sensors or antennas are also significant. One could accommodate a satcom antenna; but if both housed sensors, they would cover the entire hemisphere above the aircraft.

An Air Force official tells Aviation Week that the service has been “developing a stealthy, unmanned aircraft system [UAS] to provide reconnaissance and surveillance support to forward-deployed combat forces.

“The fielding of the RQ-170 aligns with Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates’s request for increased . . . ISR support to the Combatant Commanders and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz’s vision for an increased USAF reliance on unmanned aircraft,” says the memorandum prepared for Aviation Week by the Air Force.

The RQ-170 designation is a correct prefix but numerically out of sequence to avoid obvious guesses of the program’s existence. Technically, “RQ” denotes an unarmed aircraft rather than the MQ prefix applied to the armed Predator and Reaper. A phrase in the memorandum, “support to forward-deployed combat forces,” when combined with visible details that suggest a moderate degree of stealth (including a blunt leading edge, simple nozzle and overwing sensor pods), suggests that the Sentinel is a tactical, operations-oriented platform and not a strategic intelligence-gathering design.

With its moderately low-observable design, the aircraft would be useful for flying along the borders of Iran and peering into China, India and Pakistan to gather useful information about missile tests and telemetry, as well as garnering signals and multispectral intelligence.

The RQ-170 has links to earlier Skunk Works designs such as the experimental DarkStar and Polecat. “DarkStar didn’t die when Lockheed Martin [retired the airframe],” said a former company executive last week. “It just got classified.”

Following the landing of a damaged Navy EP-3E in China in early 2001, then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld called a classified, all-day session of those with responsibilities for “sensitive reconnaissance operations” (AW&ST June 4, 2001, p. 30). They discussed how to avoid embarrassing and damaging losses of classified equipment, documents or aircrews without losing the ability to monitor the military forces and capabilities of important nations such as China. Their leading option was to start a new stealthy, unmanned reconnaissance program that would field 12-24 aircraft. Air Combat Command, which was then led by Gen. John Jumper, wanted a very-low-observable, high-altitude UAV that could penetrate air defense, fly 1,000 nm. to a target, loiter for 8 hr. and return to base.

During the invasion of Iraq in 2003, a UAV described as a derivative of DarkStar was being prepared and was said by several officials to have been used operationally in prototype form (AW&ST Mar. 15, 2004, p. 35; July 7, 2003, p. 20).

“It’s the same concept as DarkStar; it’s stealthy and it uses the same apertures and data links,” said an Air Force official at the time. “Only it’s bigger,” said a Navy official. “It’s still far from a production aircraft, but the Air Force wanted to go ahead and get it out there.” The classified UAV’s operation caused consternation among U-2 pilots who noticed high-flying aircraft operating within several miles of their routes over Iraq. Flights of the mysterious aircraft were not coordinated with those of other manned and unmanned surveillance units.

There is great interest in how the U.S. now leverages its black- and white-world UAVs and remotely piloted aircraft to maintain a watch over the vast and rugged areas of Afghanistan that NATO’s force of about 100,000 troops will be unable to patrol. The revitalized conflict in Afghanistan will be largely a ground war with airpower serving as flying artillery and as a wide-ranging reconnaissance force.

Emphasis will be attached to manned MC-12W and unmanned surveillance and light-attack aircraft. New technologies such as the Gorgon Stare ISR pod will address ground commanders’ insatiable desire for full-motion video. By next spring, a single pod on a UAV could track 13 separate people as they leave a meeting place. The capability will expand to 65 people by 2012 and eventually to perhaps as many as 150 image feeds from a single UAV combat air patrol.

Along with its new ISR products, the U.S. will be providing close air support and helicopter airlift to its allies.

“I don’t know exactly when the NATO forces or non-U.S. forces will be flowing,” says Gates. “We do have some private commitments. There will be some additional announcements, I expect, [after the] London conference in January on Afghanistan.”

The rough plan so far is to divide operational responsibilities between the allies in the north and west and the U.S. in the east and south. The allies are expected to total “a brigade or two” comprising about 3,500-4,000 troops each, says Gates. Training of the Afghan troops will focus on partnering in combat with international personnel, rather than on basic training.



http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/generic/story_generic.jsp?channel=awst&id=news/BEAST121409.xml&headline=Black UAV Performs In Afghanistan


Grosse synthèse

Points clés à moins :
1) contenu sensible réduit (pour éviter les transferts de technologies accidentels. Donc pas à la pointe des technique stealth.
2) drone de moyenne altitude (50 000 pieds)
3) Bonne journée


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Message par Poncho (Admin) Jeu 17 Déc 2009 - 22:11

Bonsoir

Quelques mots

Les racines de l'ISR semblent devoir être tracées dans le enseignements tirés par le RQ170 Sentinel

En outre, les specs officielles du RQ170 sont officiellement ici

http://www.af.mil/information/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=16001


Mission
The RQ-170 is a low observable unmanned aircraft system (UAS) being developed, tested and fielded by the Air Force. It will provide reconnaissance and surveillance in support of the joint forces commander.

Background
The Air Force's RQ-170 program leverages the Lockheed Martin Advanced Development Programs (ADP) and government efforts to rapidly develop and produce a low observable UAS. The RQ-170 will directly support combatant commander needs for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance to locate targets.

The RQ-170 is flown by Air Combat Command (ACC), 432nd Wing at Creech Air Force Base, Nev., 30th Reconnaissance Squadron at Tonopah Test Range, Nev.

Manque, le poids, la taille, le prénom, l'age et la qualité Lockheed-Martin RQ-170 Sentinel 662529

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Message par Poncho (Admin) Mer 13 Jan 2010 - 0:01

Bonsoir à tous

Une photo de la bestiole 3/4 avant en contre plongée... ici


Militaryphotos.net has posted the clearest frontal view yet of the RQ-170, courtesy of the latest issue of Combat Aircraft monthly magazine. The US Air Force still refuses to release official photos of the Skunk Works project, so we have to rely on these shots from the aviation paparazzi. This particular shot appeared in the latest Combat Aircraft. More photos are available inside the magazine.

This photo offers the best view I've seen of the inlet and the hump (presumably, SATCOM antenna?) on the upper fuselage. It also provides a better perspective on the aircraft's nose and leading edge. I'm still struggling to identify the aircraft's true mission based on the photos. There is no visible payload, sensor or weapon, which is not surprising since this is a stealth aircraft.

Some day it would also be nice to know why the US Air Force pushed the RQ-170 Sentinel into production around the same time that it cancelled the competition between the Boeing X-45 and Northrop Grumman X-47 for the joint unmanned combat aircraft systems (J-UCAS) contract.

http://www.flightglobal.com/blogs/the-dewline/2010/01/photo-rq-170-half-frontal-view.html

Et la photo

http://www.militaryphotos.net/forums/showthread.php?172150-RQ-170-Clear-Daylight-Photo

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Message par Paul Mar 12 Juil 2016 - 15:52

quelqu'un a filmé la bête dans le Nevada il y a 2 jours:


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