Drone Eye Candy: The RQ-170 at Kandahar

Given all the attention that the RQ-170 Sentinel stealth drone has been receiving lately, we thought it would be cool to published these rare-ish photos of the bird taxiing around Kandahar airport in Afghanistan. The pictures were published on the secret projects web forum a while ago but you could only view them if you were a member; they’ve since emerged on the open web at the militaryphotos.net forum.

Notice how you can clearly make out the terminal buildings of Kandahar airport — built in the 1950s by USAID — along with a C-17 and what looks like a STOL turboprop airlifter in the background.


16 Comments on "Drone Eye Candy: The RQ-170 at Kandahar"

  1. They stole a C-5 too????

  2. C-17 sorry. ahhhhhhh!

  3. Ironic isn't it. We paid for the Kandahar airport infrastructure through USAID and now we're the principal user. I'm not sure how to regard that…a big failure…or a big success?

  4. the c17 is multinational , u can hav one for ~$200m. A qatari prince bought one for his horses…

  5. So long to the Beast of Kandahar.

  6. The STOL airliner looks like an Antonov An-32.

  7. BLACK BICYCLE | December 7, 2011 at 7:11 pm |

    The Beast Died as it lived. A "hero".

  8. I hereby declare this thread to be about one thing…somebody please tell me what is in this shoulder housings. Is it really just antennae (?)?

  9. Nice little toy just should have never "loan" it to the Agency. They seem to always break DOD toys.

  10. Seen these lil babies take off a few times. Thought they were the Navy's new toys here for 'test runs'. Oh well, they still look awesome on takeoff.

  11. tribulationtime | December 8, 2011 at 10:01 am |

    Can be this drone "a enemy radar probe" to test as air defenses perform against B2 bomber?.

  12. I wonder when the Iraianian's are gonna have the fire sale between the Russians and Chinese for the RQ-170?

  13. Well, there's currently a really neat video of what purports to be the RQ-170 on Fars News

  14. I really hoped that we had enough smart savvy computer geniuses in our nation that we could protect our vital resources from a freakin moslem puter hacker in Iran. WTF, over.

  15. Amicus Curiae | December 8, 2011 at 3:54 pm |

    Am I mistaken or do I see A-10s behind the walls? The Warthogs of Kandahar are inhabited by pilots who need clear canopies to use their primary sensor, the Mk I Mod 0 eyball.

  16. Fake or not, thankfully there is no bloody, abused pilot to display on propaganda TV. Thank-you and Merry Christmas to all those involved in producing and operating this system.

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