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 and just the joint forces commander. The Air Force's RQ-170 system 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, Nevada; and 30th Reconnaissance Squadron at Tonopah Test Range, Nevada.
The RQ-170 Sentinel is fitted with an active electronically scanned array radar, synthetic aperture radar and signal intelligence in its belly fairings. powered by a single General Electric TF34 turbofan engine Which produces 9,275lbs of thrust.