Reports Indicate Iran Has America’s Missing RQ-170 Stealth Drone

The Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel, an unmanned reconnaissance drone, is the most recent aircraft to emerge from the military's "black" budget. Nick Kaloterakis

If reports from Fox News are correct, the “Beast” is out of the bag. U.S. military sources appear to be confirming reports–first circulated yesterday by Iranian state media–that Iran has in its possession one of America’s most sophisticated pieces of stealth technology: the RQ-170 drone, a.k.a. “the Beast of Kandahar” (the same drone that provided support for the Osama bin Laden mission back in May). U.S. military sources have confirmed that the Iranians have the drone, Fox says, but say there’s “absolutely no indication” it was shot down, as Iran claims.

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