In December 2011, Iran proudly displayed on state television a stealthy U.S. unmanned aircraft it claimed it had downed while conducting reconnaissance overflights. The trophy was a Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel, an aircraft publicly acknowledged by the U.S. Air Force two years earlier. The Pentagon played down the embarrassing loss. One reason may now be clear. Defense and intelligence sources say the Sentinel was the result of a quick-reaction project designed for specific ...

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