posted on Oct, 27 2015 @ 05:02 PM
a reply to: aholic
Makes sense, it's just playing to their relative strengths.
I can see Lockheed pushing a supercruising acute-angle triangle (the "manned phantom ray"), or maybe a subsonic ultra high-altitude craft building off
of the Polecat and the X-56. All using their X-55 construction methods. That's ambitious, but it offers plenty of places for skyrocketing costs
(whether control/powerplant issues on the supercruising triangle, or weight management on the high-flyer)
Meanwhile, Northrop seems to have pulled out all of the stops and played on their success with the RQ-180, to build a medium altitude subsonic craft
with an RCS that would have been science fiction 10 years ago (requiring control and coating technologies that will still seem like science fiction 20
years from now), but making things like powerplant and weight management, which spiked costs for the F-35, much less of a potential issue.