F-117 Nighthawk Target and Mission
Penetrate high-threat air space, using low-observable stealth technology, and conduct precision strikes against critical, robustly defended targets.
The F-117 Nighthawk is the world’s first operational aircraft designed to exploit low-observable stealth technology and use laser-guided and GPS-guided weapons against critical targets. The unique design of the single-seat F-117 provides exceptional combat capabilities. About the size of an F-15 Eagle, the twin-engine F-117 aircraft is powered by two General Electric F404 turbofan engines and has quadruple redundant fly-by-wire flight controls. Air-refuelable, the F-117 supports worldwide commitments and adds to the deterrent strength of U.S. military forces.