Meet the secret ‘stealth drone’ the Air Force isn’t talking about
The U.S. is developing a new unmanned military drone that can fly for up to 24 hours at a time while possessing stealth capabilities, CNN reported on Wednesday.
“This aircraft will likely be able to take pictures using radar,” Aviation Week reporter Amy Butler told CNN. “Radar pictures are great because they don’t get muddied up by cloud or dust cover.
Butler reported on Dec. 6 that publicly-available overhead imagery shows new hangar space designed to accomodate aircraft with a wing span in excess of 130 feet at both the Nevada government facility referred to as “Area 51,” and defense contractor Northrop Grumman’s plant in Palmdale, California.
The RQ-180, as it is called, is made to carry out surveillance, intelligence and reconnaissance missions while having the ability to fly 11 miles above the Earth.
However, both the U.S. Air Force and Northrop Grunman refused to comment to both CNN and Aviation Week when asked about the aircraft’s development program. Butler reported that the aircraft is likely to be run by the Air Force and the Central Intelligence Agency.
Watch CNN’s report on the RQ-180, aired on Wednesday, below.