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RQ-3A Darkstar UAV

Country of Origin: USA


The Lockheed Martin/Boeing Tier III- (Three Minus) RQ-3A Darkstar was a very-low-observable (VLO) flying-wing shaped unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The program was cancelled in February 1999 due to development problems and budget cuts.

Darkstar was designed to loiter undetected over a target area for up to eight hours. Rather than endurance and payload, as in the Tier II+ Global Hawk design, the Darkstar's design stressed stealth. Its mission was to penetrate aggressively...

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