The American analogue of the Russian "Hunter" was several times smaller than it


The satellite image of the RQ-170 Sentinel (“observer”, “sentry”), as well as the nearby MQ-9 Reaper (“grim reaper”), made it possible to better assess the dimensions of the first UAV, since until now they remained under a veil of secrecy, writes American online edition of The Drive.


More than 10 years after the RQ-170 stealth drones first appeared in Kandahar (Afghanistan), there was very little official information about them. Until today, even its size has been controversial. The collapse of the RQ-170 in Iran in 2011 did not add clarity. However, satellite images from Planet Labs Creek Air Base, Nevada, taken on January 30, 2020, put an end to this debate.

As you know, the wingspan of the MQ-9 is about 66 feet (just over 20 meters). Using the measuring tools of Plant Labs, it was possible to calculate this parameter in the RQ-170. He was 38 feet (11,5 meters).


In connection with the data received, it would not be out of place to compare the RQ-170 with the Russian heavy attack drone S-70 Okhotnik, from the Sukhoi company, which the media has repeatedly called the analogue of the American UAV due to certain visual similarities. Based on the disclosed dimensions of the first, we can say with confidence that drones belong to different "weight categories".

The wingspan of the S-70 is 19 meters. That is, RQ-170 on this indicator is almost 2 times less than the "Hunter". As for the weight characteristics, with its take-off weight of 25 tons, the Russian S-70 most likely exceeds the RQ-170 by an order of magnitude.
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  1. cmonman Offline
    cmonman (Garik Mokin) 6 June 2020 16: 17
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    The American analogue of the Russian "Hunter" was several times smaller than it.

    So amersky microcircuits are several times smaller than Russian ones!
    And the size of the dollar is less than a bill of 5000 rubles. (155 x 66) mm vs (157 x 69) mm.
    But the most important thing is that the US territory is 4 (?) Times smaller than the territory of Russia !!! That's where pride is not for one generation !!!
    1. Syoma_67 Offline
      Syoma_67 (Semyon) 6 June 2020 18: 47
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      ... amersky microcircuits are several times smaller than Russian ones

      - And where did you see Russian microcircuits?
      1. Kristallovich Online
        Kristallovich (Ruslan) 6 June 2020 19: 01
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        So amersky microcircuits are several times smaller than Russian ones!

        It’s more stupid than an argument to come up with ...
        1. cmonman Offline
          cmonman (Garik Mokin) 6 June 2020 20: 43
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          It’s more stupid than an argument to come up with ...

          You are lucky, Ruslan, that I have nothing to do and I want to chat!
          Have you read the article, Ruslan? If not, then I will tell you in a nutshell - the author took and compared two military drones - Amer and Russian. But he compared, how to say it - clumsily, childishly.
          He, the author, compared the sizes. Only!!! You understand - military drones and are compared in size only! Not by range, not by time in the air, neither by TTD, nor by armament, by anything, which makes it military - only in size !!!
          Therefore, I have the right to compare the Boeing-747 with the AN-2, and you have the right to compare Kamaz with the Zaporozhets, and the Editorial Board has the right not to give it a task and not to powder our brains with such analyzes!
        2. Syoma_67 Offline
          Syoma_67 (Semyon) 7 June 2020 18: 13
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          This is not an argument, but an unfortunate fact!
    2. General Black Offline
      General Black (Gennady) 6 June 2020 19: 44
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      And in Russia, Negro boots do not lick ...
      1. cmonman Offline
        cmonman (Garik Mokin) 6 June 2020 20: 55
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        And in Russia, Negro boots do not lick ...

        Of course, they are simply not there! But they lick to others and how! For a media complaint about an official - article! For criticism in the media of an official - article !!!
        These articles are the “official licking” ... And not only his boot ...!
        1. General Black Offline
          General Black (Gennady) 6 June 2020 21: 00
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          And why are you, Monkin, so uplifted? Happened already?
    3. Dear sofa expert. 7 June 2020 11: 34
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      Quote: cmonman
      But the most important thing is that the territory of the USA is 4 (?) Times smaller than the territory of Russia !!!

      In terms of the number of stupid Jews per capita, America is definitely superior to all.
      1. cmonman Offline
        cmonman (Garik Mokin) 7 June 2020 15: 56
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        In terms of the number of stupid Jews per capita, America is definitely superior to all.

        The Nobel Prize was awarded to nearly 850 laureates, of whom at least 177 are Jews, although the Jewish people make up less than 0,2% of the total population of the globe.

        The population of 1/7 of the globe does not understand this proportion.
        1. Dear sofa expert. 7 June 2020 16: 56
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          The Nobel Prize

          Jews are very smart people. This is no one denies. But even among them there are stupid ones. I’m talking about them)
  2. Winnie Offline
    Winnie (Winnie) 6 June 2020 17: 53
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    This is just the case when you can be big and stupid. lol
  3. steelmaker Offline
    steelmaker 7 June 2020 10: 30
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    The RQ-170 has been flying for over 10 years. And our "Hunter" will be tested for another 10 years !? That's when he goes into the troops and fights in Syria, then we’ll make fun of the Americans and rejoice! And then they also laughed at Dragon, Rogozin offered a trampoline. And how they docked to the ISS - and the jokes immediately ended.
    1. shinobi Offline
      shinobi (Yuri) 7 June 2020 15: 17
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      Now, when the Dragon begins to do at least half of what the old unions do, then it will be possible to seriously talk about something. If you throw away all the high-profile statements, the hype of the Western press, then the Yankees just returned to where they left. Dragon, this is the same Apollo from new materials. Neither new concepts, nor new solutions. All the same 60s.
      1. Cyril Offline
        Cyril (Kirill) 7 June 2020 16: 24
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        Now, when the Dragon begins to do at least half of what the old unions do, then it will be possible to seriously talk about something.

        And what does the Union do such that the Dragon does not?

        Neither new concepts, nor new solutions. All the same 60s.

        Was Apollo reusable? O_o
        1. shinobi Offline
          shinobi (Yuri) 7 June 2020 20: 16
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          At the moment, he has not even returned from orbit. Do not cling to words. You perfectly understood what I mean. So many successful missions, like the Union, no one has. Reusability was worked out by the Apollos, but the Yankees were in a hurry at that time. Not a cash register remark.
          1. Cyril Offline
            Cyril (Kirill) 7 June 2020 21: 34
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            So many successful missions, like the Union, no one has.

            Successful manned flights at the "Unions" at the moment - 137 (taking into account the entire time of operation, from 1967 to 2020).

            Successful manned flights of American "Shuttles" - 133.

            In 10 years, when American ships are already flying the number of launches necessary for statistics, will you also say - “Soyuz has the largest number of successful missions”? Naturally, he is half a century older.

            Reusability was worked out by the Apollos, but the Yankees were in a hurry at that time.

            They were not worked out reusable, because only the command module was returned from the entire ship. And the carrier was also disposable initially.
            1. shinobi Offline
              shinobi (Yuri) 9 June 2020 05: 11
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              Yes, yes, and Shuttle’s “breakthrough” technologies appeared on their own. From scratch and from scratch.
              1. Cyril Offline
                Cyril (Kirill) 9 June 2020 11: 58
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                Shuttles took a lot from the Apollo, but not reusability technologies.
      2. Michael I Online
        Michael I (Michael I) 14 June 2020 12: 33
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        Dragon, which is cargo, is the only device that can return cargo from the ISS (3,5 t).
  4. King3214 Offline
    King3214 (Sergius) 7 June 2020 23: 53
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    Nonsense. Of all the indicators, the author cited one - size. And on this basis he draws "deep" conclusions.
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    aleksandrmakedo (Dubovitsky Victor Kuzmich) 15 June 2020 23: 11
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    Quote: Kristallovich
    So amersky microcircuits are several times smaller than Russian ones!

    It’s more stupid than an argument to come up with ...

    They compete among themselves in idiocy. Let them compete. They have not yet identified a champion.
  6. aleksandrmakedo Offline
    aleksandrmakedo (Dubovitsky Victor Kuzmich) 15 June 2020 23: 12
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    Quote: King3214
    Nonsense. Of all the indicators, the author cited one - size. And on this basis he draws "deep" conclusions.

    Help the author. How rich he was, poor fellow, the one he shared.
  7. aleksandrmakedo Offline
    aleksandrmakedo (Dubovitsky Victor Kuzmich) 15 June 2020 23: 15
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    Quote: cmonman
    It’s more stupid than an argument to come up with ...

    You are lucky, Ruslan, that I have nothing to do and I want to chat!
    Have you read the article, Ruslan? If not, then I will tell you in a nutshell - the author took and compared two military drones - Amer and Russian. But he compared, how to say it - clumsily, childishly.
    He, the author, compared the sizes. Only!!! You understand - military drones and are compared in size only! Not by range, not by time in the air, neither by TTD, nor by armament, by anything, which makes it military - only in size !!!
    Therefore, I have the right to compare the Boeing-747 with the AN-2, and you have the right to compare Kamaz with the Zaporozhets, and the Editorial Board has the right not to give it a task and not to powder our brains with such analyzes!

    You are so playful and smart that you can only add a little - the author does not know other parameters. Help.
  8. aleksandrmakedo Offline
    aleksandrmakedo (Dubovitsky Victor Kuzmich) 15 June 2020 23: 17
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    Quote: steel maker
    The RQ-170 has been flying for over 10 years. And our "Hunter" will be tested for another 10 years !? That's when he goes into the troops and fights in Syria, then we’ll make fun of the Americans and rejoice! And then they also laughed at Dragon, Rogozin offered a trampoline. And how they docked to the ISS - and the jokes immediately ended.

    The Chinese have been making paper for 2000 years. You have not learned even now. How stupid are you than the Chinese?
  9. aleksandrmakedo Offline
    aleksandrmakedo (Dubovitsky Victor Kuzmich) 15 June 2020 23: 20
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    Quote: Cyril
    And what does the Union do such that the Dragon does not?

    The Union reliably saves the crew both at launch and during emergency descent from orbit. The dragon has not yet been noted in either one or the other.
  10. Quick basic Offline
    Quick basic (Quick Basic) 17 June 2020 17: 10
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    What a child’s boast - I have a bigger machine.
    The United States has other UAVs twice the size and the number of several hundred.
    And we have one tested.