posted on Apr, 28 2015 @ 11:50 AM
a reply to: BASSPLYR
I wonder of it has anything to do with this old concept that Lockheed was showing around a few years ago:
That planform certainly fits the bill for a transonic/super cruise capable stealth aircraft, think a cross between a B-1B and an F-22, but without
afterburners. Technologically, it would be a pretty simple and straightforward aircraft to design and build.
Given the contracts that Northrop has been given since it leapfrogged the Skunk Works and won the B-2 competition (low production runs of extreme
low-observable ultra high-value assets like the RQ-180), it would seem that Northrop has held on to its edge in terms of absolute stealth technology.
That being the case, it would make sense to see a higher performance, less exotically stealthy aircraft from Lockheed/Boeing. Meanwhile, the N-G
design, from what we've heard, seems to be much more ambitious in terms of stealth-enhancing technologies.
Which is why the fast, sexy-looking-but-relatively-straightforward LM/Boeing design seems to be doing pretty well while the exotic control systems of
the extreme-VLO NG design have been having teething problems despite it's relatively simple, airliner-like flight envelope.
We all know that Northrop has all but outed it's "B-2 2.0" LRS-B design via images of "concept" aircraft, would it be a huge surprise of Lockheed
hasn't already done the same as well?
edit on 28-4-2015 by Barnalby because: (no reason given)