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The competition phase has not been limited to “paper studies,” he allowed, but includes flying demonstrators or better. “We will have variants of technical articles … if you want to call them ‘prototypes,’” he said, and this fact, though previously undisclosed, should be no surprise because the program is “relying on relatively mature technologies,” LaPlante explained. Some of these flying demonstrators are the product of “internal resources that industry has already; some of it is stuff that we have funded through various programs over the years.
originally posted by: _Del_
a reply to: boomer135
It might still be flying as a systems testbed at this point. All sorts of neat gadgets to put into something to scurry here or there.
The wording definitely suggests multiple SAPs (including actual hardware/airframes) all sort of generally related being incorporated into the LRS-B program. It will be quite interesting, depending on when we learn about them, what systems they now consider "mature".
originally posted by: boomer135
a reply to: mindseye1609
Funny you mention that. The F-35 supposedly fire its wingman's missiles from his jet. So like the flight lead can fire number 4's missiles if it needs to. Just rumor but I think I read this technology was real somewhere.