The Secret Stealth Drone That Helped Kill Bin Laden

All details of how the US government found and killed Osama Bin Laden will likely never be known, but reports this morning indicate the squad of US Navy SEALS which ran the attack had two helicopters and this drone, known as the "Beast of Kandahar".

The Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel is a fighter-sized aircraft with a 20m wingspan, whose existence has only been official since 2009, despite being used throughout the war in Afghanistan and spotted by aviation enthusiasts. Based in Nevada and a Kandahar airfield - where its nickname as "the beast of Kandahar" derives - the RQ-170s main assignment has been reconnaissance and surveillance for ground troops.

Given the location of Bin Laden's fortified compound - steps from a Pakistani military training centre - the RQ-170 was likely the eyes and ears of the operation, streaming live feeds back to command centres. It's one video involving Bin Laden the world may never see.

Photo: Secret Projects forum

Republished from Jalopnik

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